"Our members brought in their kids and grandkids. I can't think of any greater lesson for our kids than to help poor kids," Hall said.
Mary White, chief operations officer for the Children's Home Society shelter, said, "The Teamsters helped people who wouldn't have toys and food during the Christmas holidays. They have been doing this for over a decade.
"We will distribute these donations to 400 families, which will give them food for the next couple of weeks when their children won't get free breakfasts and lunches at school. This helps."
A shelter on the building's second floor, above the Children's Home Society's offices, focuses on helping children between the ages of 12 and 17. All of them go to local schools in the Charleston area.
"We have a lot of volunteers," White said. "We have at least 10 kids all the time. Some come in and don't have anything with them. Many have been sexually or physically abused."
After everyone finished unloading all the food and toys from the delivery truck into Children's Home Society building, White held a brief thank-you reception.
"We have 10 shelters across the state. Last year, we served a little more than 12,000 kids. We couldn't do it without good people like you," White said to the Teamsters.
Private donations fund the Children's Home Society.
The organization helps to find foster parents for children who need care outside their natural families for extended periods of time. The group also helps get children adopted from unplanned teen pregnancies.
Today, the Children's Home Society's operates main facilities in Charleston, Huntington, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, Romney and Wheeling. The group also operates 10 emergency child shelters across the state.
More information is available on the group's website at: www.childhswv.org.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5614.