"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -- Aesop
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Emily's baby girl is allergic to the infant formula available through the federal Woman, Infants and Children Program.
Her baby must eat a special formula that costs $20 a can, which only lasts about three days. And Emily, like so many, is struggling financially on a limited income.
The Gabriel Project has been able to provide some assistance with formula for Emily's baby, and the little girl will need the special formula for the next six months.
The cost of six months' worth of formula is $1,500 and the Gabriel Project is in need of financial help.
The Gabriel Project is one of the agencies supported by the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund.
Founded in 1997, the project provides assistance to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 2. It also offers emotional support for mothers dealing with the stress of a new baby.
Last year, the volunteer organization, which relies solely on private donations, foundation grants and fundraisers, helped more than 3,000 families across 25 counties in West Virginia. About 150 cribs, 600 cans of formula and more than 2,000 packages of diapers were distributed in the Kanawha Valley.
The group primarily serves mothers and mothers-to-be from age 13 through 45. They also assist fathers and grandparents caring for their child or grandchild.
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 Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.