CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Operation Christmas Child is collecting gift-filled shoeboxes to distribute to needy children overseas at two sites in the Charleston area from Nov. 18-25.
The national project collects thousands of shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
The shoeboxes will be collected from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18-23, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Rand First Church of the Nazarene, 305 Davidson Ave.; and 1 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-22, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25 at Oakwood Baptist Church, 855 Oakwood Road.
For more information regarding these collection locations, call 800-567-8580.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 in the parking lot at NiSource/Columbia Gas, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE.
The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk for competitive and noncompetitive runners and walkers raises money for the Arthritis Foundation.
Included this year is a Kids Kandy Kane Fun Run, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk starts at 10 a.m.
Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday-themed costume and to tie bells to their shoelaces.
Festivities include complimentary refreshments, door prizes, a costume contest and the West Virginia Faces of Arthritis booth. WOWK-TV meteorologist Spencer Adkins will serve as emcee.
To register a team or to donate, go to www.jinglebellruncharleston.kintera.org. Adult general registration is $25, youths $15, and the Kandy Kane Fun Run is $5. Call 304-205-1510 or email sholl...@arthritis.org for more information.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Nov. 1, WVU extension agent and Sunday Gazette-Mail garden columnist John Porter shaved his facial hair and pledged to grow a mustache as a way to raise awareness for men's health issues.
Porter is taking part in "Movember," as "a way to break the ice and talk about men's health issues in a lighthearted way so that we can "change the face of men's health."
Men on average live five years less than women, without any identifiable biological reason. Men are less likely to seek medical help and have regular doctor visits, which could be a factor in men's shorter life spans, he said.