Winter Wishes in Aggieland Granted to 200 Children

Deese Clock tower dignitariesGreensboro, N.C. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Faculty, staff and students, alike, gathered at the center most point of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University campus to celebrate the holiday season and to grant “Winter Wishes in Aggieland.”

During an event punctuated with performances by the Blue & Gold Marching Machine, the N.C. A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir and the Aggie Cheerleaders, the Aggie family donated enough gifts to grant three holiday wishes to children in foster care with the Guilford County Health and Human Services Department.

“My wish is that all of the children in Guilford County experience a magical holiday season and I am grateful for each of you for supporting our efforts to provide a bit of joy to these young people,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., said during the event.

Aggies Give student tobogganBetween performances and sips of cocoa and Aggie punch, event goers packed bicycles, dolls, books, gift cards and more into Aggie Shuttle buses and box trucks for 200 of Guilford County’s 550 children in foster care.
“Your collective support of this mission is a testament to the Aggie spirit because that’s what Aggies DO - Aggies GIVE,” Martin said to the crowd gathered around the Deese Clock Tower.

Willie Deese ’77, and his wife, Carol – the clock tower’s benefactors – were also present and appealed to the crowd about the importance of giving, especially to A&T.

Kayla Tate and Chancellor Martin“When you give to A&T, it allows the University to provide scholarships to students in need, upgrade facilities and equipment and the brightest minds into our faculty and student body. When you give to A&T, you are giving the gift of education,” Deese said.

“And as we approach this holiday season of giving, please give generously to North Carolina A&T State University. Your gift and our collective gifts have the power to transform lives and to make a lasting difference in our community and the world.”