Staff Council to participate in holiday projects for veterans, homeless, needy

For several years the Classified Staff have participated in a Holiday Project which gives aid to local areas of need. This year once again Staff Council has chosen to take up items for two separate projects.  The first is to provide gift bags to the homeless and needy, organized by Missy Clagg-Browning, Medical Outreach Coordinator and Staff Council member. These bags provide basic items, such as those listed below, to 300 people who find themselves homeless or in need this holiday season. The second project will be to provide items to the residents of the Veterans’ Home in Barboursville.

All donations must be dropped off no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the designated locations.

For the gift bags, items needed include:

  • 300 Toothbrushes
  • 300 Tubes of Toothpaste
  • 300 Bars of Soap (Individually Wrapped)
  • 200 Men’s Deodorants
  • 100 Women’s Deodorants
  • 300 Little Debbie Christmas Cakes
  • 300 Candy Canes (Individually Wrapped)

For the Veterans Home, needed items are:

  • Toiletries: (travel sized are acceptable) Deodorant, Shaving Accessories (Razors, Shaving Cream, Aftershave), Toothbrushes/Toothpaste, Shampoo, Denture Care (Cleaner, Cups, Tablets), Soap (Bar or Liquid), Mouthwash (non-alcoholic), Tissues
  • Personal Care: Laundry Detergent, Hair Care (Brush, Comb)
  • Clothing Items New Socks, New Handkerchiefs, New Hats/Gloves/Scarves, Pocket T-Shirts, Flannel Shirts – Sizes Large – 3x and a few 4x & 5x
  • Recreation Decks of cards, card games, board games, puzzles, individually wrapped snacks (beef jerky, cookies, chips, etc)

Items can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

Huntington Campus:

  • Old Main Basement Mailroom – Leonard Lovely
  • Accounting – OM 203
  • Student Center 2W6 – William “Tootie” Carter
  • Holderby Hall 105 – Department of Housing,– Miriah Young
  • Sorrell Maintenance Building – Physical Plant– Denise Wiley
  • Harris Hall 326 – Psychology – Nancy Tresch-Reneau
  • Smith Hall 738 – Mitzi Meade
  • Jenkins Hall 201 – College of Education– Toni Ferguson

Other Locations:

  • South Charleston Campus – GC 304 – Joyce Harrah
  • SOM Medical Center – Suite 3407 – Lisa Maynard
  • 20th Street Professional Building – 1115 20th Street, Lobby – Missy Clagg-Browning

If there are questions, or for more information, contact the Staff Council Office at ext. 62222 or

Volunteer outreach to Huntington’s homeless and less fortunate takes many forms according to Clagg-Browning:

  • In its ninth year of operation, volunteers from the River City Street Ministry serve a hot breakfast each Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot to 150 or more men, women and children.
  • One Saturday each month, physicians, medical and pharmacy students and volunteers from Marshall Medical Outreach (MMO) gather to offer free medical care.  In its fifth year of operation, MMO is a medical student-led, mobile health clinic with the purpose of providing medical care for the homeless and those at risk in Huntington.
  • Coordination of the annual community coat drive and a holiday celebration for the homeless and needy are also underway.  Sixteen local sites, including several on the Huntington campus, are collecting coats of all sizes.  Additionally, sponsors from local congregations and organizations donate winter care items such as blankets, toboggans, gloves, and socks, as well as hygiene items and snacks .

“ Again this year, Marshall University staff members are joining to sponsor many of the needed items,” said Clagg-Browning. “The staff members’ generous commitment to this project is greatly appreciated and allows us to come together as a work family to meet the needs of those among us who live in circumstances we cannot begin to comprehend. If you would like to volunteer, the coats and holiday gift items will be distributed by volunteers at 9 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dec. 19 .  Please join us to make the holidays of those less fortunate a little brighter, with an added bonus of experiencing the joy that comes from serving others.  My heartfelt thanks to each of you for being a part of warming the hearts and holidays of Huntington’s homeless and less fortunate.”