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CWU’s Holiday Gift Project Continues to Help Kittitas County Children

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (December 12, 2012) — Central Washington University’s 2012 Holiday Gift Project provided gifts to hundreds of local children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years of age. The CWU Office of the President has sponsored the Holiday Gift Project for more than a decade, each year benefitting larger numbers of children.

The President’s Office requested lists of children in need from local agencies, including CWU’s Early Childhood Education Center, Department of Children and Family Services, and Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County (the local chapter of Head Start). Each list included the age and gender of the children, as well as gift suggestions.

“Gift suggestions matched each child’s level of need,” said Ginger McIntosh, Holiday Gift Project coordinator. “If the child’s basic necessities weren’t being met, then the suggestions included whatever the child needed–clothing, diapers, formula–as well as toys. If the child’s needs were fulfilled, then the gift suggestions only included toys. There were also suggestions based on special needs, like ‘noisy toys’ for a pair of twins who are blind.”

The project invited members of the campus community to visit the President’s Office, or an associated web page, to pick up a child’s gift request or make a cash donation. Giving Tree and Stocking Stuffers, two projects sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, offered similar gift-donation opportunities through the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center.

“This has been another successful year for CWU’s gift projects, made possible by all of the people who participated across campus,” said McIntosh.

The generosity and combined efforts of the campus community will provide gifts to nearly 800 children in Kittitas County.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu

Note: Children benefitted:
Holiday Gift Project – 343 children
Center for Leadership and Community Engagement projects – 437 children