OGDEN, Utah – Santa Claus and his reindeer are teaming up with the Weber State University Bookstore (Campus Stores) for the third annual “Fill the Sleigh” donation drive event on Dec. 7 from 1 to 7 p.m.
The charitable event will kick off the holiday season while collecting donated items Catholic Community Services needs this year, including personal hygiene products, especially shampoo; paper towels; toilet tissue; diapers; baby wipes; cleaning supplies and dry laundry detergent. Donations of pasta, rice and beans also are being encouraged.
“Our main goal for this event is to work with a local charity that needed, and would receive, the support of the community,” event organizer Amber Robson said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy a fun holiday event and be involved with helping those in need.”
The inaugural event gathered 650 pounds of needed items for the Ogden Rescue Mission. Last year’s collection totaled 500 pounds for Catholic Community Services.
“The past two years have been a great success,” Robson said. “We usually have more than 1,000 participants.”
Santa Claus — taking a much-needed break from holiday preparations — will greet children in the Ogden Campus Store, while reindeer named Dasher and Snowflake will be on display near the Shepherd Union Building. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photos with Santa and the reindeer. The line for Santa ends promptly at 7 p.m.
Visitors also can make their own free holiday craft, browse for holiday gift ideas, and purchase $5 “Fill the Sleigh” T-shirts, with proceeds going to Catholic Community Services.
Volunteers from WSU’s Community Involvement Center’s AmeriCorps program will help staff the event, which is free and open to the public.
Free parking will be available on campus.
WSU Parking Services also is partnering with event organizers for a parking ticket waiver program as a way to boost donations. People can select an item from the “most needed” list and deliver the donation to the Ogden or Davis Campus Stores to receive a “Fill the Sleigh” ticket voucher. The voucher can then be presented to Parking Services, located in Annex 5, by Jan. 31 to waive one parking ticket (up to $30).
“We believe this could help us increase our student involvement,” Robson said. “We’ve done really well getting the community involved, and we’re hoping this will help increase participation of the student body.”
For a parking map, list of activities and other requested donation items, visit bookstore.weber.edu.
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