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Help Out: Dec. 15, 2013

By Staff reports

CCHS for Clay County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Catholic High School's 27th annual Clay County Christmas service project has brought a lot of cheer. This year, students will provide 400 children from 179 families with gifts, stuffed stockings and food boxes.

A Christmas party took place Dec. 7 at The Risen Lord Catholic Church in Maysel. The bulk of the work, however, was completed Dec. 6 in Charleston. Students moved 250 food boxes at Sacred Heart Grade School and Charleston Catholic between 8 and 9 a.m. Trucks were loaded with all of the food boxes and packages by students in front of the high school. The trucks were supplied by CCHS alumnus Dickinson Gould, owner and president of Buzz Foods Inc.

The service project is an extension of the mission of Charleston Catholic High School, which is to guide students to use their gifts to better the world in which they live.

Med school charity drive

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Students in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine celebrated the season by gathering toys and necessities for two area organizations: Hoops Family Children's Hospital Child Life Program and Huntington City Mission.

According to Michelle Studeny, a first-year medical student and president of the class of 2017, the medical students select a charity to support each holiday season. This year's is the Child Life Program, for whom the students collected dozens of toys to help make children's hospital experiences less frightening. The toys were delivered Dec. 10.

The students also collected toiletries, towels and other personal items for Huntington City Mission, donating a total of 603 items to the organization.

Additionally, biomedical sciences graduate students collected toys for The Jared Box Project, which are being distributed to chronically ill children at the hospital, and the surgery department is collecting children's pajamas through Dec. 16 for the mission.

Marshall Medical Outreach will conduct its monthly medical clinic Dec. 21 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington. The group includes medical students, pharmacy students, medical residents and faculty physicians who offer medical care to people who are homeless or underprivileged. Personal items donated by groups around the Tri-State also will be distributed.

For more information on the clinic, contact Missy Browning, in the department of psychiatry, at 304-691-1511.

The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to earle@wvgazette.com, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.


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