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Help Out: Dec. 1, 2013

By Staff reports

Pet photos with Santa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Big Dogs Rescue will hold a fundraiser that will feature photos of pets with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Green's Feed and Seed, 319 Piedmont Road. Prices are $8 per photo, two copies for $10.

The event will also feature a Chinese auction, including gift certificates for tanning, automotive services, restaurants, Clay Center tickets and tattoos. All proceeds will benefit the dogs in the care of Big Dog Rescue, a West Virginia-based organization that focuses on the boxer breed. For more information, contact 304-493-6688.

Big Dog Rescue provides veterinary services for homeless pets and includes spaying/neutering, microchip implantation and other rehabilitation to help the displaced animals find permanent homes. To see adoptable dogs at Big Dogs Rescue, visit www.petfinder.com/shelters/WV182.html.

Animal rescue benefit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Karen and Friends Animal Rescue will hold a Christmas carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 in the KIDS building, 216 Washington St. W.

Admission is free but wristbands for children will be sold for $10, which will include lunch, crafts and unlimited games.

Events include crafts, a hot dog and bake sale, "Cat Land" book signing, microchipping for pets for $25, games from 2 to 4 p.m. and a raffle. Photographs with Santa (two- and four-legged family members welcome) will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; packages cost $20 to $30.

The event benefits Karen and Friends Animal Rescue and Kanawha Individual Development Solutions. For more information, call 304-553-8140 or 304-421-8876 or visit www.facebook.com/KFARinc.

Angel Trees

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kroger is partnering with the Salvation Army in two programs to help those in need have a happy holiday season.

Stores in Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region, which includes West Virginia, have put up Salvation Army Angel Trees to raise money for holiday dinners for children and their families.

Each tree contains ornaments with a local child's first name and age on the front and a barcode on the back. Customers can take the paper ornament off the tree and purchase it at the register for $25.

At the end of the five-week program, a $25 gift card will be donated to the child's family to purchase a holiday meal.

In addition, the Salvation Army has begun its Red Kettle program at Kroger stores, collecting funds to help the needy.

Mitten and glove drive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Montessori School and Covenant House are teaming up for a "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" mitten and glove drive for #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3.

Donations of mittens and gloves will be accepted at Charleston Montessori School, 805 Price St., on the West Side, Monday through Friday. The gloves and mittens will be given to children and families served by Covenant House. For more information, call the school at 304-340-9000.

#GivingTuesday is a national movement to begin the holiday season with a day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

'Seeds for the Future'

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th St., will launch a new middle school initiative, "Planting the Seeds for the Future," at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the school.

Consultants will present the plan to expand the school's curriculum from the sixth through eighth grade, beginning in August.

Head of School Dana Gilliland said #GivingTuesday, on Dec. 3, is the perfect opportunity to outline the plan because community service has been a bedrock of Mountaineer Montessori School since it was founded in 1976.

"Starting in the primary grades, students develop responsibility and contribute to the well-being of their classroom, environment and the larger world," Gilliland said in a news release.

In recent weeks, students launched a food drive for Manna Meal, participated as weekly "reading buddies" to Piedmont Elementary kindergarten students, baked dog biscuits for the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association and created custom cards for residents of the Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home.

For information or to make a donation to Mountaineer Montessori School's Planting the Seeds for the Future campaign, call 304-342-7870 or visit www.mountaineermontessori.org.

The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to earle@wvgazette.com, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.


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