HUGS helps global education

Student organization donates supplies to children in need

By Patrick Fleming
On February 9, 2017

There are millions of children around the world without the materials to learn, and Give More Hugs aims to help. GMH is a student organization that gathers donations such as reading materials for children.

Give More HUGS is a charitable organization whose main purpose is to help the education of underprivileged children around the world as much as possible and help them build a successful future.

"I feel so lucky that I was asked to join this organization," Quint Anderson, junior, said. "I am happy that my efforts to support those whom we serve have a direct impact on their futures, some of which we can see instantaneously through the book drives and fundraising."

One way the organization  does this is by providing reading supplies and materials for students who would not have access to them otherwise, which includes a large variety of books that are barely used or new.

This is also done by giving different schools other supplies like paper and pens.

One of the goals of the organization is to also promote learning and for children to embrace their creativity. The organization try this by writing a meaningful message in each book it delivers.

"I am passionate in Give More Hugs because it’s an organization that provides children and teens in need the access and tools necessary to be successful in their academic endeavors," Dr. Crystal M. Kreitler, a professor at ASU and advisor on the program, said. "The ambassadors at ASU make a difference as they work hard on projects to raise funds and awareness for students in need of educational resources."

Recently, the program has seen some changes in leadership. The old president of the chapter, Haley Rhodes, graduated from the position.

Despite leaving, she still seems to be very passionate about the program, explaining that she had spent three years working on it.

"Our mission is to promote a love for reading and creativity in today’s students all over the world, especially those with a less-than-average access to or motivation for education," Rhodes said.  "Angelo State’s chapter of GMH is making a small difference in this mission, but every little bit helps. A small effort on our part can mean the world to someone else. Small giving yields big returns."

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