Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina's spirit squads - the Catamount Cheerleaders and the WCU Dance Team - continued their annual tradition of giving this holiday season. The two groups partnered in a senior citizen service project, while the cheerleaders again sponsored local children in need.
The Catamount cheerleaders and the WCU Dance Team stuffed over 30 boxes full of non-perishable items as part of the Mountain Projects' Seniors Christmas box project. These boxes put together by the WCU spirit squads will be delivered this holiday season to local senior citizens in the Jackson County community who are in need.
Additionally, the WCU Cheerleaders adopted 25 local children for the holiday season through the Christmas Connection of Jackson County. The Christmas Connection provides new toys and clothing for children in Jackson County who need assistance during the holidays. WCU's cheerleaders purchased clothing, shoes, toys, etc., for the 25 children.
The Catamount Cheerleaders held their annual "gift wrapping party" at O'Malley's of Sylva on Sunday, Dec. 7 as the squad wrapped and bagged the gifts to prepare them for delivery this holiday season.
"I am so proud of this year's team for continuing our WCU Cheer holiday traditions of adopting Christmas `Angels,' and participating in the Senior Citizen Box Project," said Kimberly Cherry-Beck, head cheerleading coach and a WCU Cheer alum. "We take great pride in giving back to our community and spreading holiday cheer to those that are less fortunate than we are."
Cherry-Beck added, "We are very appreciative - and offer a very special `thank you' to Lynn Stanberry and O'Malley's of Sylva for their continued support. They have been behind us in our holiday efforts for almost 10 years now!"