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Help an Elf Annual Holiday Gift Program:
For Children of APSU Students

The Annual Student Affairs Help an Elf program is designed to assist currently enrolled, full-time APSU students with holiday shopping by providing gifts for their children. Recipients of the holiday gifts will be children of income eligible APSU students who are currently enrolled in 12 or more credit hours, and who are not participating in any off campus holiday gift programs.

Submitting an application serves as authorization for the Office of Student Affairs to verify financial aid information through University records and to obtain program participation information from local agencies who sponsor similar programs.

Our goal is to provide assistance to as many families as possible, but please note that priority will be given to first time participants. The number of families assisted by this program is contingent on the number of groups, organizations, or departments available to adopt families. If there are not enough groups, organizations, individuals or departments available to adopt all families, applicants will be notified. Information will remain confidential.

Applications will be available in Student Affairs, UC 208, beginning on October 29, 2018. Please call or email Diana Forte in Student Affairs at (931) 221-6570 if you would like the application sent to you via email. The deadline for all applications for recipients in the program is November 13, 2018 at 4 p.m. in UC 208.

The eligible families are "adopted" by Austin Peay organizations, offices, departments, groups as well as individuals. Elf adoptions by those wishing to purchase gifts will begin on November 16, 2018. The deadline for packages to be turned in to Student Affairs is December 3. Please contact Student Affairs at 931-221-6570 if you are interested in adopting an elf this year, or if you would like to assist the program.

Student Affairs' Help an Elf program has been a part of celebrating the holiday season and assisting APSU students and their families since 1994. More than 60 children of eligible APSU students were adopted by staff, faculty and students in 2015, 38 children in 2016 and 58 children in 2017! 

Student Affairs wishes to thank the individuals, offices, and groups for supporting the Help an Elf program. The holidays will be brighter for these children and their families thanks to your generosity! The Help An Elf Program is coordinated and sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.