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Help Out: Nov. 24, 2013

By Staff reports

Luggage drive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mission West Virginia's Carry On Campaign is underway to collect luggage, essential personal care items and items of comfort for children who are in transition to the state's foster-care system. West Virginia has more than 4,000 children in the foster-care system.

The second annual Thanksgiving-time drive, dubbed "Give Thanks and Carry On," was launched earlier this week.

Items sought include new and gently used luggage, duffle bags, stuffed animals, coloring books, journals, toothbrushes, toothpaste and nonperishable snacks. Additional items being collected during the winter months include coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, earmuffs, socks and blankets. All items collected will be distributed by Mission West Virginia.

The Carry On Campaign is a collaborative, multiagency partnership that includes the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Mission West Virginia Inc., the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute and the West Virginia Drug Endangered Children Task Force.

To find a drop-off location or for more information about the campaign, contact Carrie Dawson at cdawson@missionwv.org or call toll-free 866-225-5698.

Flag football benefit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Employees in the Charleston office of Cincinnati-based law firm Dinsmore & Shohl will face off in the Shohl Bowl, a flag football game that will determine office bragging rights and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House's Share a Night campaign.

The Shohl Bowl begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Schoenbaum Soccer Complex at Coonskin Park.

The teams have raised money leading up to the competition. BB&T Wealth Management sponsored the bowl with a $1,000 donation.

For every $20 donated, the Share a Night campaign provides one free night at the Ronald McDonald House for families of children receiving medical treatment. Dinsmore's Charleston office hopes to provide at least 150 free nights for those families.

Christmas craft fair

MADISON, W.Va. -- The Rev Up Madison Christmas Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Madison Civic Center.

The nonprofit group will offer for sale a variety of gifts, handmade items, antiques, baked goods and more. Door prizes will be given away. Concession is available. For more information, call 304-369-1855.

St. Albans Moose gift

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- The St. Albans Men and Women of the Moose raised $1,173 at a recent karaoke event to donate to the veterans at the Veterans Home in Barboursville.

Dianne Criner delivered the check and a pickup-truck load of donations for the residents to the home on Veterans Day. This is the seventh year the St. Albans Moose has hosted an event to honor military servicemen and women.

GI Santa project

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The GI Santa project is collecting personal care items for residents of the West Virginia Home for Veterans at Barboursville.

Soap, shampoo, socks, underwear, toboggans, toothpaste, deodorant, candy and snacks are needed for the gift bags for the 100 resident veterans.

To donate, contact Ron Hutchinson at 304-768-0352.

Manna Meal needs cereal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The cereal room at Manna Meal is empty, according to an email from the nonprofit group.

About 60 to 70 boxes of cereal are consumed every week for breakfast.

Donations of cereal may be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day at the back door off the alley behind St. John's Episcopal Church, Quarrier Street and Leon Sullivan Way.

Manna Meal feeds an average of 410 people per day.


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