Playhouse built by students to be auctioned with Christmas smile

CULLOWHEE – You say you’re looking for a unique holiday gift for a child, something other than the latest trendy videogame or a toy based on a character from an animated motion picture?

A group of students, faculty and staff at Western Carolina University has a suggestion that also will benefit a local charity. It’s a chance to win a child’s playhouse, which is being auctioned off to benefit the Jackson County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

As part of a service project for Homecoming 2004 in October, Western students donated time and effort to build two children’s playhouses for Jackson County Habitat for Humanity to give away as prizes in a pair of fund-raising raffles.

The first winning ticket, purchased by Sylva resident Lisa Lefler, was drawn at halftime of Western’s Nov. 13 football game against Appalachian State University. A drawing for the second playhouse will take place Monday, Dec. 13.

Those who have already purchased tickets remain in the running for the second playhouse. Tickets are still available at Main Design Beauty Salon, City Lights Bookstore and The Mad Batter. Tickets also may be purchased at the Sylva Christmas parade on Nov. 30; the Dillsboro Luminaire Festival (Dec. 4 and 11); and the Habitat-Main Design Visit with Santa (Dec. 4 and 11).

Tickets are $5 apiece or five for $20. For more information, contact Jim Miller at (828) 227-7124 or (828) 227-3037.