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Warm a Winter Wish

Each year, UREC receives wish lists of individuals and families from First Step, Mercy House and Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley. Their wishes are hung on a tree in UREC for faculty, staff and students to fulfill.

Warm a Winter Wish 2021 Canceled

Due to the impending inclement weather in the forecast for Wednesday, December 16, 2020, the wrapping event is now canceled. UREC staff will wrap and ensure the gifts are delivered to the agencies. We appreciate your willingness to participate in this year's event. Please stay safe and enjoy your winter break!

How to Get Involved

Here are involvement opportunities for individuals, organizations and departments:

  • Choose one of two ways to Give a Wish:
    1. Take a Wish from the UREC Holiday Tree: You simply need to:
      • Come to UREC
      • Remove a wish from the tree (The Warm a Winter Wish Tree will go up in the UREC Lobby on November 1, 2020)
      • Purchase the gift
      • Return it unwrapped to UREC with the wish tag on the present (this way we know what family and individual the gift goes to) by Tuesday, December 15 at noon.
    2. The Amazon Wish List is now closed. Thank you to everyone who gave this year from home! 


  • Donate Wrapping Supplies:  It takes a lot of wrapping paper and tape to wrap over 1000 gifts! 

  • Donate in Other Ways: Delivering gifts, promoting the event, preparing gift tags, other ways you can think of.
Warm a Winter Wish History and Mission

It has been proven for the past 25 years that the JMU community demonstrates incredible generosity and kindness each year by donating their time and gifts.

This year, we added an Amazon Wish List component in hopes that it finds those who are not able to visit UREC right now but still want to be a part of Warm a Winter Wish. Whether you are a member of the JMU family or not, we appreciate your support this holiday season! Seeing the gym lined with wrapped gifts is a moving demonstration of the difference we can make when we all do a small part.

Our goals include extending the UREC mission to our community with an emphasis on creating healthy lifestyles, recognizing that gifts purchased connect to a community need and connecting community organizations to students, faculty and staff and vice versa.

Questions? Contact the Senior Assistant Director for Reservations and Events.

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