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Volunteer Houston Recognizes UHD Students for Excellent Service

The University of Houston-Downtown was recognized by Volunteer Houston last week for excellent community service and contributions to the organization's annual "Visit from St. Nick" event.

According to the Volunteer Houston website, "For 40 years, Volunteer Houston has been the city's sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on Volunteer Houston to acquire over 42,000 volunteers per year."

Through the support of corporate and individual sponsors, the "Visit from St. Nick" project provides children from low-income families with educational toys and books that are purchased exclusively for them.

Students Alejandra Villarreal and Mina Gibson attended the Volunteer Houston recognition ceremony, representing more than 30 UHD students who joined Volunteer Houston to stuff 8,000 holiday backpacks in November. Many of these students can be seen in the brief video below, which was shown at the ceremony.