West Virginia University Student Organization Services and Student Government Association began building Toy Mountain earlier this week.

The annual Toy Mountain will be constructed from community donations until Dec. 10 in the Mountainlair food court. WVU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to help by donating unwrapped toys valued at $5 or more. The toys will go to the Salvation Army and Christian Help.

Students Helping Other People (SHOP) and Toy Mountain programs have raised money and donated toys to help underprivileged children in and around the Morgantown area for many years.

This year, Student Organizations Services and SGA have requested the “wish lists” of 50 children (ages 5-12) from the Salvation Army, and they will shop and wrap presents for these children. The presents will be given to the children during a pizza party on Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hatfield’s. Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the Mountaineer Mascot will visit with the children during the party.

If you would like to donate, you can either drop off your toy in the Student Organizations Services wing of the Mountainlair or place the toy in the donation bins that can be found across campus. Financial contributions can also be donated by Dec. 6 at noon. Make checks payable to WVU S.H.O.P and mail to attention Sue Fusco, Student Organizations Services, PO Box 6444, Morgantown, WV 26506.

For more information, follow SHOP and Toy Mountain on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ShopAtWestVirginiaUniversity or on Twitter @SHOP_WVU.



CONTACT: Susan Fusco, Student Organizations Services
304.293.4397, Susan.Fusco@mail.wvu.edu

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