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COAR seeking donations for annual gift box drive

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This year, during its annual gift box drive, the University of Mary Washington‘s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) hopes to fill 350 boxes. To do so, the service organization is looking for support from the larger Fredericksburg community.

The gift box drive to benefits children in local HeadStart programs.

Students, faculty, staff and community members can fill a shoebox with the following items:

  • a toothbrush or toothpaste
  • hat, scarf, mittens/gloves
  • books, coloring books
  • small toys and crayons/markers


The boxes should not include any food, religious items or any items that are not safe for 3 to 5-year-olds.

This year’s drive has already begun and will continue through Monday, Dec. 2.

Those who would like to contribute items toward the drive, but cannot fill an entire box can drop off individual items to COAR, located underneath Seacobeck Hall in the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service office. Boxes can als0 be dropped off there.

Have questions? Contact COAR at  or at 540-654-1802.


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