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Help Out: Dec. 22, 2013

By Staff reports

Hospice helping

ONA, W.Va. -- Cabell Midland High School hosted a tournament for archery teams from across the Tri-State on Dec. 7, with the proceeds going to benefit Hospice of Huntington. Seven groups of various age levels competed, raising $1,369.19.

Hospice of Huntington medical director Dr. Jane Kurucz was present to speak about the importance of hospice care. The money raised at the event will be used to provide medical care for patients with a life-limiting illness, as well as support services for their families.

Community gift

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Julia Black Family and Friends presented the fourth annual free dinner serving those in need during the holiday season on Dec. 17 at the Manna Meal Soup Kitchen. The event included food donated by Buzz Foods Service and US Foods and rolls from Tidewater prepared by a number of volunteers including help by chef Otis Laury. Music was donated by Bob Thompson and Santa also visited and handed out presents to children.

"The best one we've ever had," Black said. "We fed 330 people. We had 300 fruit baskets for people to take home with them. We had turkey and ham, it was gourmet green beans, and all different kinds of desserts. It was standard -- but, you know, if you have Otis doing it, it's not really standard."

The event has evolved into one for "anybody in Charleston that needs a holiday meal," Black said.

Greenbrier toy drive

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier's third annual Create a Dream Tree for Kids drive raised nearly 40,000 Christmas gifts for more than 80 charities in West Virginia and beyond. All were donated and wrapped by resort guests and area volunteers.

Greenbrier owner Jim Justice started the drive two years ago with the aim of ensuring that all families throughout the region awaken on Christmas morning with a gift for their children.

Red Cross donation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Woodmen of the World Insurance Co. recently donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region, continuing a partnership that has been built during the past five years. In this time, the two groups have worked together to strategically place assistance in needed areas during disasters.

"Woodsmen of the World is the key to our humanitarian mission. With their generosity, they are ensuring that the Red Cross is always and will always be there. Their donation allows us to be ready to provide immediate shelter, food and clothing to clients of disasters year-round," said Becky Howard, chief development officer for Red Cross West Virginia.

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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