UGA Students Wrap Gifts to Build Homes for Low-Income Families in Athens

By Jennifer Williams 

Athens, Ga — The University of Georgia’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity is currently holding its annual Gift Wrap Fundraiser, during which members of the organization wrap presents for donations at the local Barnes & Noble book store.

Habitat-favicon1Habitat for Humanity uses the donations to build homes for low-income families in the Athens community. The organization raised over $5,000 during its Gift Wrap Fundraiser last holiday season, and it aims to collect $7,000 in donations during the fundraiser this year.

“I love connecting with the Athens community to promote Habitat for Humanity. Habitat allows me to help those who need it most, and sharing that with people outside of UGA through the Gift Wrap Fundraiser has been really cool,” said Vice President of Fundraising Sophia Tarrago.

UGA Habitat for Humanity was established in 1994, and it serves the greater Athens area, including Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties. Since its founding, the organization has funded the construction of 13 homes in the Athens area.

UGA Habitat for Humanity also aspires to someday raise enough money to create a neighborhood entirely sponsored by the organization.

Students interested in getting involved with UGA Habitat for Humanity may attend its meetings on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Miller Learning Center or donate spare change to the cause. While the Gift Wrap Fundraiser will end on the 24th, UGA Habitat for Humanity is always collecting donations for its builds.

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