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New program allows Marshall to give to needy children

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Recreation Center and First Year Residence Halls are teaming up this holiday season to bring Christmas gifts to needy children across the Tri-State.

Rec the Halls is an inaugural charity event running through Dec. 13. The toy drive began Nov. 13. The Recreation Center and First Year Residence Halls will be working with six local agencies: Golden Girls, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald House, A.D. Lewis Community Center and NECCO. The drive works similar to the "angel tree" drives done at many churches and schools.

"Wish lists were gathered from each agency," said Dan Belcher, facility operations coordinator for the Recreation Center. "We have two trees, one in the lobby of the Marshall Recreation Center and one in the First Year Residence Hall South. There are tags attached to each candy cane on the tree featuring the name of a kid and the gifts he/she wishes for. You take the candy cane with the tag, buy the gift then return the tag and the unwrapped gift. We have about 200 to 300 gift tags total. After December the 13th we will begin wrapping the gifts. We are also taking donations of wrapping paper."

A wrapping party is planned for 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Volunteers will be provided with snacks and drinks. Guests will also be invited to perform and sing.

"This is the first time we've done this," Belcher said. "It took us about two weeks of planning to get everything together."

For more information, contact Marshall Recreation Center Assistant Director Michelle Muth at 304-696-2943 or Belcher at 304-696-4651.