"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -- AesopCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Alex was 12 when he first came to Patchwork, seeking a way out from the sexual abuse he was experiencing at home.
Alanna still remembers finding her mother's body after she committed suicide. She counts on Turning Point for a place to stay while working on her diploma.
Both programs are operated by Daymark, a Kanawha Valley charity that provides programs for youth 12 and up.
At Patchwork, Alex got counseling, medication, attention from caring adults and a place to stay. Staff arranged for mental health care, and Alex knows he has a safe haven until he can move in with a caring family.
At Turning Point, a residential living program for teens 15 to 19, Alanna goes to school, works and does community service. One day she hopes to go to college or join the military. Maybe she'll become a criminologist or join the FBI.
But agencies like Daymark survive on donations.
Please help them continue their work by donating to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund.
When you make a donation to the Gazette Charities Fund, every penny goes to the agencies and people who need help.
The Gazette covers the administrative costs of the fund. All donations to Gazette Charities are tax deductible. To donate online, go to wvgazette.com and click on the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund logo.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.