Marshall Rec Center serves as the North Pole for a day

December 16, 2018
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Volunteers wrap gifts at the Marshall Recreation Center during a wrapping party for the Rec the Halls with Holiday Hopes event on Friday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall University Rec Center turned into Santa’s workshop Friday as volunteers worked to wrap presents that will be distributed to community children through various agencies.

More than 400 individual gifts donated by the Marshall community were wrapped by Rec Center staff, members, students and other volunteers Friday on the basketball courts.

Each year, the Rec Center partners with the First-Year Residence Halls for Rec the Halls with Holiday Hopes, an angel tree

project that collects the wishes of children affiliated with area agencies including Golden Girl Group Home, Ronald McDonald House of the Tri-State, A.D. Lewis Community Center, NECCO, Foster Adventure and Pressley Ridge.

Friday’s wrapping party included donated food and drink from Sheetz and Christmas music.

KaylaDodd, marketingcoor Kayla Dodd, marketing coordinator at the Rec, said there was a big push this week to get all the wishes filled. Student organizations, including the sororities and fraternities, donated money so all of the remaining angel tree requests could be filled.

Dodd said the project is good for the Marshall community and Huntington as a whole.

“Finals are over,” she said. “It’s a good way to give back.”

It took about two hours for the volunteers to wrap all the gifts before agency representatives could come and collect the presents.

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