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Wildcat Santa Still Accepting Donations

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 9, 2009

So far, 28 families are looking to the Wildcat Santa Toy Drive for a little bit of help this holiday season. It’s likely that number will increase before Friday; historically the week before the drive ends (this year, on Dec. 11) is when most requests are received.

Wildcat Santa has been aiding families in the local community since 1990. Preference is given to UNH employees and students. All requests are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Referrals are being accepted through Dec. 15.

For a list of drop-off locations, go to http://www.unh.edu/wildcatsanta/locations.html. Toys can also be dropped off at the president’s skating party on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Recommended donations include toys, books, games, puzzles, art supplies, arts and craft kits, and sports equipment. Movie passes are great gifts for teens as are gift certificates to auto supply stores for older boys.

Clothing and food are not included in this drive. Pet food and supplies can be donated through Elderpet, a program of the Thompson School of Applied Science.

Money to “fill in the gaps” is raised through the sale of raffle tickets. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be bought are various locations around campus, including 1 Leavitt Lane (Cathy Annese or Donna Adjutant); Stoke Hall ( Muriel Bilodeau or  Linda Buskey); the recreation center at the Whittemore Center ( Teri Hurley); Hewitt Hall (Susan Crocket-Pelletier); Janetos House (Leslie Guy); UNH ID Office in Holloway Commons (Janet Puchlopek); Rudman Hall ( Nancy Taylor); and at the Paul Creative Arts Center (Chris Peabody).

For a list of prizes go to http://www.unh.edu/wildcatsanta/raffles.html.

To donate toys, volunteer, or for further information call Cathy Annese at 2-2075, or Maureen Marshall at 2-1983.



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