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Catamount Cheerleaders Participate in 2008 Operation Christmas Cheer

Dec. 23, 2008

WCU Cheerleading "Operation Christmas Box" Photo Gallery

Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina Catamount Cheerleaders again helped spread holiday "cheer" this year by participating in the "Operation Christmas Box." The project included the sponsorship of 16 children through the Head Start program.

The cheerleaders wrapped and stuffed six boxes full of non-perishable items for local senior citizens with Mountain Projects to deliver them. Sixteen children will wake up to surprises this year as the team purchased and wrapped each one clothes, shoes and toys to open on Christmas morning.

The team gathered again this year at O'Malley's in Sylva to wrap the presents.

"I am so proud of our team for stepping up during this difficult time and helping those less fortunate," said Western Carolina head cheerleading coach - and WCU alum - Kim Cherry-Beck. "We would like to offer a very special thanks to Lynn and the O'Malley's gang for sponsoring our `wrapping party.' We had a great time making Christmas wishes come true for both young and old."

WCU Cheerleading assistant coach Eddie Wells coordinates the "Operation Christmas Box" project and worked to connect the Catamount cheerleaders with Head Start to sponsor their Christmas "angels."