Give a little cheer….

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Warm a Winter Wish….

Remember being 7-years old? Remember when the weather starts turning cold and the calendar slips over to December? Do you remember the anticipation? The hope? The excitement and expectation? For some children and their families, however, the holidays do not hold such promise. For some, it is a difficult time, especially during an economic downturn.

For others, it is an opportunity to make a difference.

Every year, JMU’s University Recreation Center (UREC) sponsors Warm a Winter Wish. With help from several local agencies such as the Valley Aids Network, First Step and the Mercy House, UREC employees gather information on individuals like age, gender, clothing sizes. Each individual is also invited to supply three holiday wishes. Their wishes become tags that decorate a tree at UREC. Students and staff can take the tags, fill the wishes and return the gifts to UREC where they will be wrapped and delivered prior to the holidays.

Several campus organizations and offices, including the president’s office, are filling wishes for whole families this year. And individuals have already stripped most of the tags from the tree.

Soon gifts will begin arriving at UREC.  On Dec. 15, UREC’s Multi-Activity Center (MAC) gym will turn into Santa’s workshop. Beginning at 1 p.m. that day, the wrapping and tagging will begin with the encouragement of an accapella group and a visit from Santa Claus. Anyone can come and help — and you may also bring along wrapping supplies like paper, scissors, tape and bows.

If you have questions or would like to fulfill a few wishes yourself, contact Erin Erford at Unwrapped gifts with tags attached are due by noon on Dec. 14.

It’s an easy and fun way to give a little holiday cheer, warm a winter heart and to change disappointment to hope for a local 7-year-old — and many others.

To learn more about UREC’s annual Warm a Winter Wish, go to


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