WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - A major toy collection distributes more than 38,000 toys all over West Virginia and into surrounding states.
The Dream Tree Project, initiated two years ago, is still in full force today. As over $1,000,000 worth of gifts are distributed to thousands of charities from the Greenbrier Resort. Owner, Jim Justice, said the project has always been such a success, he has no doubt this year will go above and beyond that. More than 5 1/2 miles of wrapping paper alone were used to wrap. Organizers said they enjoy giving the element of surprise to children who may never even receive gifts. Letting under privileged children know that they are being cared for during the holiday, is a main goal.
Becky Hogan said, "It lets them know that there are people out there, like Mr. and Mrs. Justice, who care about these families that are in need and the children know there are adults out there; down to these people who are volunteering their time to load the toys, the charities to sign up, come and volunteer hours to wrap them. You know, all of this goes into the meaning to that one child that there are adults and people out there who care greatly about them and their happiness."
Organizers said they have had numerous volunteers throughout the entirety of the event, including guests that stay at the Greenbrier and donate time and gifts just because they are so touched by The Dream Tree.