CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has recognized nearly 500 volunteer projects across the state.
At a ceremony Wednesday, Tomblin was joined by members of the West Virginia National Guard, participants in the annual Adopt-A-Highway statewide cleanup and representatives from Volunteer West Virginia and other groups.
Tomblin invited residents to participate in projects that he hopes "ignites a lifelong desire to give back to neighbors and friends.''
Tomblin also mentioned the state employee-led BackPack Program that distributes food to children when other resources aren't available, such as on weekends and during school vacations.
Donated items must be prepackaged and not require refrigeration. Among the suggested items are juice boxes, cereal, canned vegetables and ready-to-eat items.
Items can be dropped off at the guard shack outside the Governor's Mansion through Sept. 27.