“Angels inspire hope; they give gifts. Those gifts include blessings and a belief in what is possible,” said Dr. Delonia Cooley, associate professor of marketing and American Marketing Association adviser. “When a gift, like a toy, shoes, or a book is given by an angel, the gift is a symbol for something more meaningful like the joy in knowing that at any moment something good can happen for no reason at all. That is the type of hope that inspires courage in the face of uncertainty,” she added.
This year, the American Marketing Association of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University sponsored an Angel Tree at the TSU Charter Lab School, an initiative created by President John Rudley. The TSU Charter School is part of the HISD system and is housed on campus in the old science building. The AMA-TSU chapter adopted 200 angels from grades head start pre-school program through second grade. Each child was given a wrapped present. The initiative was an overwhelming display of giving and an outpouring of love from all involved. From the various students and organizations that donated gifts or helped wrap the gifts, we can all say loudly, “We are TSU proud!”