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Mountain Outreach holds annual Midnight Shopping Spree


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Friday, November 30th University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program held their 7th annual Midnight Toy Shopping Spree at Wal-Mart in Williamsburg, Ky. The students and staff involved showed a lot of heart and care with their excitement to shop for the children to have a gift on Christmas.

In all there was a total of 48 students, 8 faculty/staff members, 5 high school students’, and 3 staff members’ children that participated in the toy shopping experience. Toys bought on the night were for infant children up to 14 years of age for both girls and boys. By the end of the night, there were 802 toys purchased to be passed out to families so that their kids could receive a gift.

The night was very special for all those involved including the UC Golf Team which decided to lend their services to the shopping spree. The golf team helped collect toys, bag them at the register, and load the gifts into a U-Haul truck to take to storage.

“Our program was honored to work with Mountain Outreach again this year with Midnight Shopping,” said Golf Head Coach Chris Kraftick. “Our players really enjoy the opportunity helping out young people in the community.” The local Wal-Mart also gave a helping hand, having prepared for the shopping spree. Wal-Mart placed sale items out along with items that were low on stock at reduced prices.

Hensley expresses gratitude and appreciation on behalf of Mountain Outreach for those that either helped shop or raise funds for the event. “Can you imagine 4 or 5 people trying to choose 800 gifts for children ages infant through 14? The event would not have been possible without those who reached out a helping hand to Mountain Outreach.”

Mountain Outreach has been nationally recognized for its work several times: the Action Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty selected it as one of ten charities to receive the Samaritan Award; USA Today noted the program in its 1996 “Make a Difference Day” competition; and President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.