Georgia Southern’s Holiday Helper tree is back in the Russell Union

Tatiana Joseph-Saunders

Georgia Southern University’s Office of Leadership and Community Engagement annual tradition of the Holiday Helper Tree in Russell Union is back up.

Every holiday season, the OLCE puts up a faux fir tree as a way to get students to help out the local community. This is the 26th year of this charitable tradition and it is right on time, as the tree is put up in early Nov. and remains up until Nov. 22.

On the tree, there are gift tags, each one describing a gift wish from someone in the Statesboro community. The tag also includes some identifying details.

Another way students and faculty can help out is through volunteering at the Tree, as volunteers are needed to check out the tags being pulled. The link to sign up and volunteer is here.

If you want to help out in a different way, feel free to donate funds to the unclaimed tags through partner agencies.  Email to be connected with one of the OCLE partner agencies.

Here are some important dates to remember!

Nov. 1 – Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Students can pull tags from the tree on the Russell Union stage.

Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. – Gifts are due. Bring them to Russell Union 1056, wrapped and with the tag attached.