Marshall Recreation Center Collecting Gifts for ‘Rec the Halls with Holiday Hopes’

The Marshall Rec Center is inviting  the community to participate in its Rec the Halls with Holiday Hopes Angel Tree event this holiday season. The Rec is partnering with the First Year Residence Halls on the Marshall University Huntington campus to hold this event. Donated gifts from this event will benefit children with needs in the Huntington community.

The concept of Rec the Halls with Holiday Hopes is similar to an “Angel Tree.” The Rec receives wish lists for individual children from local agencies, such as Golden Girls, Ronald McDonald House, A.D. Lewis Community Center, NECCO, Foster Adventure and Pressley Ridge. Their wishes are hung on a tree in either the Marshall Recreation Center lobby or in the First Year Residence Hall South for the faculty, staff, community members and students to fulfill. The unwrapped gifts and the tags need to be returned to the Rec by Wednesday, Dec. 12.  Then, on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Rec will host a wrapping party to wrap all of the gifts for the agencies.

“This is a fun and easy way to give back this holiday season,” said Kayla Dodd, coordinator of marketing and special events at the Marshall Rec Center. “Helping others is such a wonderful experience, especially this time of the year. It’s simple – just stop by the Rec, pick up a holiday wish/tag for a child, have fun shopping for the gifts and return them back the Rec (unwrapped and with the original tag). Stop by on Dec. 14 and join in on the fun of the wrapping party!”

“It takes a lot of people and effort to wrap over 400 gifts!” Dodd added. “We will reward our wrapping volunteers with snacks and drinks, while listening to Christmas music and enjoying one another’s company. The success of this event is credited largely to our volunteers and sponsors. By participating as a sponsor of a child, you will be able to help in giving them a nice Christmas by providing them with gifts from their wish list! Gifts should be delivered to the Rec Center no later than Wednesday, Dec, 12.

“We appreciate your time in considering this opportunity to support the Marshall Rec Center and First Year Residence Halls. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or would like to help us with materials for wrapping, stop by the Rec Center or FYRH or contact us. We look forward to working with you!”

For more information contact Dodd by phone at 304- 696-3633 or by e-mail at