WHEELING, W.Va. (December 17, 2008) — In the spirit of giving, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack launched its Wheeling Island Christmas Wish toy drive on December 1 and will donate its first batch of gifts to local children in need today at 2pm.
The toy drive lasts until December 23 and Wheeling Island will continue to accept donations over the next 7 days.
As of today, the toy drive has raised cash and toys to help several hundred kids in the local area and the Salvation Army of Wheeling will begin distributing those gifts this Friday. The Salvation Army will make a second pickup on December 23 at the conclusion of the Christmas Wish toy drive.
Anyone can still help by simply bringing in a new, unwrapped toy or making a donation at the Wheeling Island Christmas Wish tree located on the casino’s upper level of the main entrance between now and December 23, 2008.
When asked why this gesture of giving was so important, Jim Simms, President and General Manager of Wheeling Island stated, “Christmas is a special time of year when a child’s thoughts become wishes and dreams. Sadly, hundreds of children in our area wake up to unfulfilled wishes, with no gifts to open and no family dinner to celebrate the holiday we cherish so much. I want to see us help give a kid a Christmas.”
Simms went on to remind everyone that the Christmas Wish donations will continue to be accepted until December 23.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.
For more information on Wheeling Island, visit online at www.wheelingisland.com.
Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States approaching $2 billion in annual revenue and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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