Marshall Rec Center serves as North Pole for a day

December 15, 2018

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.

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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