By Jordan Cochran 

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Reinhardt University continued its special tradition with educational partner R.M. Moore Elementary by participating in the Giving Tree project. 

Reinhardt works with its partner in education to donate gifts to families and children in the local community. This year, 50 gifts were purchased by Reinhardt’s faculty, staff and students, to be given to 10 children in four families. 

Emily Ingram, parent involvement facilitator at R.M. Moore, appreciates the support of Reinhardt’s community during the holiday season, especially with the addition of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Each year Reinhardt University goes above and beyond to fulfill the needs of local families throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season,” said Ingram. “This year, despite the reduced number of in-person learners on campus, they still had an overwhelming number of students, faculty and staff wanting to give! The program thrived again this year. R.M. Moore thanks Reinhardt for their continued partnership, support and for the love that they share.” 

Reinhardt’s Coordinator of Development Services & Stewardship, Janna Moore, has organized this project with the elementary school for the past decade, this year with the help of Lori Jones, administrative assistant for Advancement and Community Engagement and coordinator of Special Projects and Grants. Each year it warms Moore’s heart to watch the community come together for families in need. 

“We love participating in the Giving Tree tradition,” said Moore. “The Reinhardt community comes together to support local children and their families during the holidays, and this year may prove especially impactful for families who are hurting financially due to the pandemic. We still want Christmas to be a special time for everyone.” 

Thank you to all who participated in helping families celebrate the holidays and provide gifts for their children.