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Help Out: Dec. 29, 2013

By Staff reports

Ronceverte food drive

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. -- Many people talk about the joy of giving during Christmas, but Ronceverte Elementary School students, faculty and staff put that saying into action.

The school's student council organizes a food drive each year, and from Dec. 9-18, students collected food items for the Ronceverte Food Pantry.

When all the items were counted, the total for pre-kindergarten through fifth grades was more than 1,600, enough items to completely fill the food pantry. "Even though I'm retired, I'm proud to continue to be a part of this wonderful yearly program," said Joanne Jolliffe, retired speech therapist, who helps to organize and deliver the food to the pantry each year.

Animal shelter donation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Dec. 21, fifth-graders Ayla Bayne and Alexia Ashley, of the Charleston Boys & Girls Clubs, visited the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association to deliver a donation of more than $500 they collected throughout November.

The girls are passionate about helping animals, so they set up a table at the Boys & Girls Clubs entrance asking for donations to help purchase blankets, toys, food and other items for the shelter animals.

Pajama collection

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- On Dec. 18, the West Virginia University Alumni Association delivered more than 500 pairs of pajamas to WVU Children's Hospital. The donation was part of a community service effort spearheaded by alumni chapters and volunteers across the country to bring some warmth and comfort to children at the hospital.

Patricia Roe, of Austin, Texas, a longtime chapter leader and alumni volunteer, encouraged the Alumni Association and its chapters to take on the project.

"Patti really helped us bring this project to fruition, and our alumni outdid themselves. We knew we would have a strong show of support, but the response -- more than 500 pairs -- is amazing," said chapter outreach officer Gregg Cave.


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