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2/9/2009 —

Just because Thanksgiving Day falls in November, that doesn’t mean people can’t give thanks all year. At Penn State Brandywine, giving thanks and bringing cheer to families at the Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington, Del. is an annual celebration fit for any time of year. Members of the campus, including the Nittany Lion, will bring a “Thanksgiving in February” dinner to approximately 70 people at the House at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.

The traditional turkey dinner will include desserts such as apple and pumpkin pie, free massages for parents, and games such as the Nintendo Wii. Children and their families can make bookmarks and door hangers, and the campus community will shower them with knock-knock jokes and words of encouragement written on note cards.

As part of the annual tradition started by the family of Penn State Brandywine staff member Theresa Walls, a red wagon is currently in the Student Affairs office on campus waiting to be filled with donations; monetary or other gifts are welcome. The wagon will be shrink-wrapped by volunteers on Feb. 23 and delivered to the families during the dinner. Volunteers will decorate the cafeteria at the House to accommodate the theme.

To volunteer, make monetary donations, or purchase food items for the dinner itself, contact Walls at 610-892-1362 or txw4@psu.edu. Gifts can be delivered to Dale Soring in the Student Affairs Office in the Commons Building, second floor and monetary donations should be delivered to Walls in the John D. Vairo Library, room 128. Ask about the Ronald McDonald House “Wish List,” which indicates items the House can always use, as well as special items that are especially needed. 

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