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Catamount Cheerleaders Helping Spreading Holiday Spirit

Dec. 14, 2010

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Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount Cheerleaders sponsored a total of 18 Head Start children this holiday season, providing needed support for less fortunate children in the community. For each child, the team purchased a full outfit, a jacket, shoes, their favorite toys and more.

These 18 families signed up for assistance through Mountain Projects Head Start Program and are now able to ensure their children will have a special Christmas.

In addition to helping children, the cheerleaders wrapped and packed 12 Christmas Boxes full of needed items to be given to the local elderly in need. The boxes contain several different items including: canned goods, paper products, toiletry items, magazines, stamps, batteries, cleaning supplies, etc.

The Senior Christmas Box Project helps nearly 300 less fortunate seniors each holiday season and is coordinated by Eddie Wells in his duties as the Senior & Volunteer Services Manager for Mountain Projects, Inc. Wells, a WCU alum, is also the Assistant cheerleading coach.

"Our squad decided they wanted to sponsor children and seniors again this year which is amazing," said Wells who helps spearhead numerous community service projects for the cheerleaders. "There are a lot of people in need this year and it is truly special that we were able to make a positive impact in our community over the holidays. I am very proud of our squad for wanting to make a difference and for helping those in need."

Western Carolina's cheerleaders held a "wrapping party" at O'Malley's Bar & Grill in Sylva, N.C., to gift wrap many of the items for use in the two projects. Head coach Kim Cherry-Beck and the entire Catamount Cheerleading staff would like to extend a big "Thank You" to Lynn Stanberry and the staff at O'Malley's for their generosity and help in making these projects come to fruition.