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West Liberty University students donate food to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center

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Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and the first-year students at West Liberty University did just that recently when the class donated hundreds of items of food to the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling.

"We are pleased to be able to make this donation and help our community. We consider service to the community an important part of a West Liberty University education," said Bridgette Dawson, director of the WLU Learning and Student Development Center, which coordinated the service project.

"We're grateful for the students of West Liberty and for their involvement in donating to the Neighborhood Center, especially this time of year when we see so much need in the community," said P.J. Reindel, director of the center. "We provide over 550 food baskets per month to families in need and 12,000 meals every month. This donation is very much appreciated and we look forward to working with the students in the future."

 The Wheeling center serves hot-cooked meals and delivers bagged lunches to the home bound as part of its outreach.

The donation was a result of a canned food drive that was part of the Freshman Olympic Games, held in October. The games promote teamwork and create lifelong friendships, according to Dawson.