Successful business owner, Jason Akins became a faithful supporter of Faulkner University after hearing about the university from a friend.
The more he and his wife Stacie learned about the school and began interacting with people associated with the university, the more he wanted to support the school and its Christian mission.
"When I began to meet people from Faulkner and attend some of the events, I was impressed," Akins said. "Everyone was organized and they went about their business professionally and they definitely put religion and their faith as a priority which meant a lot to me."
Akins is the proud owner of Akins Furniture, in Fort Payne, Alabama, a company that has been in his family for generations and has grown over the years. When he heard Faulkner was in need of furniture for several new student areas on campus, he jumped at the opportunity to help and donated several dozen large pieces of furniture and décor to the cause.
His donated pieces were used to create a new student cinema room, a lounge for commuter students, an updated game room and other such areas to improve the quality of life for students.
He also serves the university now as a member of the Board of Trustees and contributes to the university regularly when the university hosts special events including sponsoring a table at the university's annual Benefit Dinner each year.
"For anyone looking for a place to donate, Faulkner University is definitely a good place," Akins said. "They stand for what they believe and it's a good place for a young adult to get a good education as well as becoming mature in their Christianity."
"Faulkner brings young people from all over and some of them are members of the church and some are not, but they are all treated the same and some even saved because of that, and that means a great deal to me."