Christine Newhouse of Elkview helped Lyons cut out the material for the bags, Lyons said.
"I've been a volunteer here since it opened," Newhouse said. "I just do whatever ... I do whatever needs to be done."
Lyons also enlisted the help of her church, where she collected one tote bag.
People who frequent the community center donated the rest.
"I'm awful happy to be involved in it," Lyons said. "We all are."
Projects like these are nothing new for the volunteers in the sewing room at the community center, though. They've made turbans for cancer patients, and since 1999, they have raised $22,000 by raffling off quilts they made. The funds help them support community center operations.
Along with luggage, the Carry On campaign also collects the following items for the children: toothbrushes, toothpaste, other toiletries, non-perishable snacks, stuffed animals, hair brushes or combs, books, journals, blankets, coloring books, disposable cameras and flashlights.
For more information about Carry On, or to find a drop-off location, call 866-CALL-MWV.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.