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Concord University Faculty, Staff And Students Collect Gift Items For Area Children

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University faculty, staff and students are making the holidays brighter this year for children in four southern West Virginia counties through the Holiday Helping Hand project.

Eleven children in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties were adopted by the Concord community and participants donated gifts for the children from their wish lists. The children ranged in age from one year to 18 years old.

Toys, clothes and other items were also collected for Spark of Love, a community Christmas project in Logan County that assists children in need.

Concord worked with local school personnel in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties to coordinate the gift giving in those counties and with a Spark of Love representative for the Logan County distribution.

“We hope to make this an annual tradition,” Lora Woolwine, executive secretary to the president, said. “Last year, CU adopted two families that were in need and supplied everyone in both families with Christmas gifts and a holiday meal.” 

“Concord University participates in a variety of community services projects throughout the year and this project is just a small way for us to help families who may need a little extra assistance at Christmas,” she said.



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