Southern Adventist University’s fourth annual Giving Day will be held on Nov. 5-6 and will feature departmental giving and events aimed to engage students, according to Annual Giving Coordinator Sandra Delgado.
Delgado said this year’s Giving Day has a renewed student-focused purpose.
“We are just trying to involve students in the whole experience because it’s oftentimes that I’ll mention Giving Day to someone, and they don’t know what it means,” she said. “They might have heard of it, but they don’t know how it impacts them.”
The event will kick off on Nov. 5 at 12:28 p.m. in the cafeteria where the steel band will perform, t-shirts will be given away; and, Delgado said, there will be an additional surprise for students.
Various events will go on throughout the day, including games and a photo booth. Students will be able to write thank you cards to donors and Choo Choo Kettle Corn will be given out.
At the end of Nov. 6, at 7:15 p.m., students are invited to the Grand Finale, which will include S’mores, prizes, a blooper reel and a performance from the brass choir.
In terms of donations, each academic department has designated specific projects that can be funded. Clubs and other organizations on campus can also be selected by those who wish to donate.
In addition, clubs can participate in a scavenger hunt to raise more money.
Delgado said that the main goal of Giving Day is not a singular, large donation, but mass participation. The school will be accepting donations starting at $5, much of which may be matched depending on whether or not certain goals are met.
For students without money to spend, the day will also consist of games and challenges that will allow winners to pick a specific project they want their prize to support.
“The theme this year is ‘Better Together.’ So, if everyone takes it upon themselves to do their part, maybe I don’t have five dollars. But I can share and I can post, or maybe I can play a game and designate money toward an area that is important,” Delgado said.
For more information about the day’s events or how to donate, visit southern.edu/givingday.