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Annual Gift Project Brightens Holiday for Hundreds of Children

Once again, Central Washington University will host the Annual Holiday Gift Project, which serves hundreds of underserved children in Kittitas County. Students, faculty and staff all contribute to the campus-wide project, enjoying the opportunity to unleash their inner Santa. Last year, the gift project collected gifts for more than 300 children.

The project allows participants to make meaningful, personal gifts directly to individual children, by choosing items from the child’s own list. This year, there are 347 children on the list, of which 137 are currently sponsored.

The gift drive begins November 3 and concludes December 2, when all gifts need to be delivered to the Office of the President. The project coordinator suggests that, since some requests are “needs” as much as “wants,” people choose both a practical as well as a fun gift if possible.

The CWU Holiday Gift Project supports CWU’s Early Childhood Education Center, CWU’s Operation ELF, Kittitas County Bright Beginnings, and Department of Children and Family Services.

For more information, call 509-963-2111 or e-mail

Photo: The 2013 Gift Project provided gifts for more than 300 children in Kittitas County.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,