On Wednesday, December 14, the Greenbrier distributed approximately 30,000 gifts among the 98 charities who requested assistance from their Create a Dream Tree.
The Greenbrier donated $1 million in toys and clothing to charities this holiday season. That translates to approximately 30,000 gifts, including:
- 1,000 ride-on toys
- 1,400 dolls
- 1,000 stuffed animals
- 600 remote-control helicopters
- 1,000 educational toys (such as talking globes)
- 20% of the gifts were clothing items for adults
Below are photos of some of the charities collecting their gifts:
Approximately 400 volunteers from the region assisted in wrapping gifts. Gifts were wrapped by resort employees and volunteers from as far away as Oak Hill and Beckley, WV and Lynchburg and Roanoke, VA.
Volunteers included kids too – church youth groups, a teen book club, 4-H Club, and the Greenbrier East High School girls’ basketball team; also students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and a Red Hat club from Beckley volunteered. All the gifts were labeled by sex and age group to ease in distribution.)
Ninety-eight charities received gifts including Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Penny Pitch, Save the Children, etc. Based on the charities who have registered, gifts were given to children in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama and North Carolina.
Approximately 30,000 gifts were on display throughout the resort with two “trees” made of gifts (one was 14’ tall).
Over 200 gifts were donated by resort guests and visitors. The guests were truly impressed by the Greenbrier’s efforts, and some volunteered to wrap while others donated toys or money to add to the project.
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