Plans are underway for the annual Angel Tree campaign, an effort to ensure that the children of eligible students have a merry Christmas.

The tree – which will be located on the second floor of Hearnes Hall – will be adorned with ornaments, each one representing a child high-school age or younger. Missouri Southern employees may adopt an “angel” and help provide gifts for families in need of a little extra help.

Applications for Pell-eligible students will be available starting Oct. 1, and the tree will be available near the beginning of November.

“The Angel Tree program is truly Lions helping Lions,” said Laura Gullett, Staff Senate secretary and chair of the Community Service Committee. “Our faculty and staff want to ensure the children of our students have a special holiday season.”

Volunteers will be needed to help wrap presents on Nov. 1, said Gullett. A link to sign up will be available closer to the date.

Students will be able to pick up the gifts on Dec. 1 during the annual Southern Lights event on Dec. 1.

To make a monetary donation toward the Angel Tree program or for more information, contact Gullett at ext. 9533 or