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Mountwest seeks toy donations for Brunch with Deaf Santa event

Huntington, W.Va., — Mountwest Community & Technical College is accepting toy donations through Dec. 10 at noon for its 7th Annual Brunch with Deaf Santa event.

The annual event attracts around 75 deaf children ages 0-15 and their families. Many drive into Huntington from throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and North Carolina for the unique opportunity to meet Deaf Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves, all of whom are deaf and communicate with the children through sign language.

“This is such a unique opportunity for our students and staff to serve the deaf community,” said Leigh-Ann Brewer of the American Sign Language program at Mountwest. “We look forward to it each year as much as the children do; it brings the magic of the holidays to life for everyone involved and also gives our deaf studies students an opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.”

The event will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, on the main Mountwest campus in Huntington. Each child who attends will receive a gift from Santa. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the items on the children’s wish lists are Minnie Mouse, Legos, Star Wars, Thomas the Train, My Little Pony and Frozen themed toys. An angel tree will be set up in the lobby with specific requests, but general new toy donations will also be accepted.

Toy donations may be delivered to Room 329 on Mountwest’s main campus, Monday through Thursday. Toy donations for Brunch with Deaf Santa are tax deductible. Contributions may also be made c/o Mountwest Foundation, One Mountwest Way, Huntington, WV, 25701 or online at www.mctc.edu/foundation.

For more information, please contact Leigh-Ann Brewer at 304-417-3244 or brewer13@mctc.edu.