CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Huntington Bank is donating 250 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children in Charleston.
The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club had distributed 165 of the backpacks before school started this past week.
In all, Huntington Bank will deliver 1,300 backpacks filled with school supplies to children who need them throughout West Virginia this year.
Big Lots sold the backpacks to Huntington at a significantly reduced rate and donated items for the backpacks.
"Our schoolchildren in West Virginia need supplies so that they can begin the school year with the tools they need to learn," said Andy Paterno, Huntington Bank's West Virginia regional president. "Huntington strives to be a partner to our communities. What better way to do so than to help our children obtain a good education."
Haircuts for animals
CROSS LANES, W.Va. -- The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association is taking part in the second annual "50 States Tour," a nationwide fundraiser coordinated by master stylist and animal activist Patrick Lomantini.
Lomantini will be stopping in West Virginia to cut hair for one day as part of his cross-country trek, with proceeds going to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association's spay/neuter program.
Lomantini will cut hair beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at the My Shoppe salon, 132 Goff Mountain Road, Cross Lanes. Organizers are asking for a minimum $25 donation to KCHA. Because of time constraints, cuts will consist of basic clipper or trim techniques.
"We were thrilled to help Patrick reach his goal last year and are so happy he's coming back," says Kimberly Hutton, KCHA board president. "We not only want to fill up those 50 appointment slots, but far surpass what we achieved last year."
Appointments are necessary. Call the salon at 304-776-3266.