Alumni Giving Tree

Join us on December 2, 2022 from 4-9 p.m. as BJU continues its annual Christmas Celebrations.

Thousands of sparking lights will be illuminated on front campus when the community gathers for our Greenville holiday tradition.

Photo of Christmas lights around the fountain 2011.

About the Alumni Giving Tree

BJU Alumni Relations will continue our tradition of fellowship around the Alumni Giving Tree at its new location in the Student Center lobby. Each year hundreds of alumni and their families gather for cookies created by BJU Culinary Arts students.

Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to support members of our alumni community in need.

The Durso Family

This year, we have the privilege of supporting alumna Natalie Collier Durso (’06/’08) and her children: Shad (9), Emera (8), and Larkyn (4).

Michael and Natalie both graduated from BJU in 2006. In the following years, they each earned their master’s degrees at BJU and began faithfully serving the Lord at Palmetto Baptist Church, where Michael was the college pastor.

In the middle of October 2022, Michael and Natalie went away for a few days to celebrate their anniversary. While on this anniversary trip, Michael became ill. On their way back to Greenville, Michael’s condition declined, so they went straight to the hospital instead of going home. Doctors admitted him with a diagnosis of double pneumonia. After further testing, he was diagnosed with leukemia and, just two days later, was safe in the arms of Jesus.

Now, the alumni community has the opportunity to lift up this grieving family during this Christmas season. Please pray for Natalie, Shad, Emera, and Larkyn and consider donating to the 2022 Alumni Giving Tree. Donations will be accepted through January 9, 2023.