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Help Out: July 22, 2012

By Staff reports

Book fest needs volunteers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Organizers of the West Virginia Book Festival are seeking volunteers to assist with the free annual two-day event, scheduled this year for Oct. 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Volunteers help in a variety of ways, including setup, breakdown, assisting authors and presenters and assisting with the used book sale, Festival Marketplace, children's programs, crafts and information tables. The deadline for volunteers to apply is Sept. 1.

Volunteer applications are available online at www.wvbookfestival.org. Visit the website or call 304-343-4646, ext. 273, for more information.

Men's shelter donations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Crossroads Men's Shelter needs the following items: food handler's gloves, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, cleaning gloves and Pine Sol.

Items may be dropped off at Crossroads anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at 503 Leon Sullivan Way.

AARP gives to food banks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AARP West Virginia and the AARP Foundation have donated $20,000 to assist the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Huntington Area Food Bank in replenishing food stock depleted by the continuing storm relief efforts across the state.

"As champions in the fight against hunger, West Virginia's food banks have always gone above and beyond in their efforts to help West Virginia families in need. These agencies certainly rose to the challenge again in their response to the unusual storm event of June 29 and its aftermath, and are to be commended for their efforts," said Gaylene Miller, AARP West Virginia state director.

The $20,000 donation is part of AARP's Drive to End Hunger, a national effort to address the issue of older adult hunger. Since its launch in 2011, the initiative has donated 12.1 million meals and driven corporate and individual donor commitments with an expected value of $16.8 million.

For more information about Drive to End Hunger go to www.drivetoendhunger.org.

Party aids MU students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tickets are on sale for the 15th annual Paint the Capital City Green celebration Aug. 23 at Charleston Embassy Suites.

Doc Holliday, Marshall University's head football coach; Mike Hamrick, athletic director; and MU President Stephen J. Kopp will talk about the future of MU football.

The pep-rally atmosphere will include a tailgate spread, entertainment by mascot Marco, the cheerleading squad, dance team and members of the Marching Thunder marching band. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., and the formal program begins at 7 p.m.

Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Tickets cost $50 and must be purchased by 5 p.m. Aug. 16 to be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win admission and hotel accommodations for two to an away game. For ticket information, call the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-7138 or email paintthecapital@marshall.edu.

The event is presented by Friends of Coal, and is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club.

Free books for nonprofits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Public Library will give away books left over from the Oct. 13 and 14 book sale to nonprofit groups at no charge.

An agency may use the leftover books in any manner that benefits the group's mission.

To participate, visit www.kanawhalibrary.org to download a reply form. The form must be completed by Aug. 15. A copy of the group's 501(c)(3) or other proof of nonprofit status is needed.

The organization must agree to provide people to pack and load books between 4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center South Hall.

For more information about the offer, contact Sandy Frercks 304-343-4646, ext. 242.

Pig roast benefit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Metro Valley Chapter of the Gabriel Project of West Virginia is sponsoring its annual pig roast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at St. Agnes School, 4807 Staunton Ave.

Orders may be eaten in or carried out. Customers also may order a lunch delivery of four or more meals to addresses in the Charleston area.

The meal includes a pulled pork barbecue sandwich with slaw, chips, cookie or fruit and drink. Tickets are $10 each or three meals for $25. For more information or to schedule a lunch delivery, call 304-414-4666. The Gabriel Project provides cribs, car seats and other baby items to needy mothers and babies.


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