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The Christmas tree in the student life office at VSU. The tree is decorated with the wish lists of dozens of local children in need. The Christmas tree in the student life office at VSU. The tree is decorated with the wish lists of dozens of local children in need.
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A child's wish list, hung on the Christmas tree in the student life office at VSU. A child's wish list, hung on the Christmas tree in the student life office at VSU.
Sign posted on the glass at the entrance to the student life office encouraging people to stop in and donate some of the items on the children's wish lists. Sign posted on the glass at the entrance to the student life office encouraging people to stop in and donate some of the items on the children's wish lists.
Holiday decorations on the fence at the entrance to VSU's campus along Patterson St. Holiday decorations on the fence at the entrance to VSU's campus along Patterson St.
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The holly is out, the tree is up, and pretty soon there'll be presents underneath it. At least, that's the goal of the Volunteer Services program at VSU.

"Basically, this, um, is an opportunity for VSU students, faculty and staff to give back to children in the community," said Brian Robert, assistant director of student life at VSU and in charge of the Volunteer Services program.

Filling out a Christmas wish list is something most of us take for granted, knowing that we'll probably receive at least one thing on our list. But the children that filled out the Christmas wish lists hanging on the Christmas tree in the student life office at VSU aren't so lucky.

That's why VSU needs your help.

"There's been such a high influx of need from these organizations," Robert said. "Um, normally we're averaging 40-50 children we help out a year, this year we had 96."

It's easy to focus on that new big screen TV you want or that new tablet, Roberts said. But these children aren't asking for those big ticket items.

"We do have some that would love Xboxes and things like that, but then we have, um, some children that are just looking for clothes, some that just want a toy truck. Things like that," said Robert.

Meaning that the experience of waking up on Christmas with presents under the tree is an experience everyone can afford to give.

"It's such a huge part of our childhood. You know, we'd love to see these children have that same experience," Robert pointed out.

So this holiday season remember, brighter than all of the lights, and more beautiful than the holiday decor, is the joy you'll bring to one of these children when you fulfill their Christmas wish.

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