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Helping the Sago families

Churches fund

A special fund to assist the families affected by the Sago mine disaster has been established by the West Virginia Council of Churches. The Rev. Dennis Sparks, Executive Director of the Council, said proceeds from the fund will provide direct assistance to the families.

Checks should be made to the WV Council of Churches and designated for the Sago Mine Assistance Fund.

Contributions may be given by credit card by going to the WV Council of Churches Web site, www.wvcc.org. The address for contributions is West Virginia Council of Churches, 2207 Washington St. E., Charleston, WV 25311-2218.

Donate cell phones

West Virginia Wireless has announced the creation of a “Donate-A-Phone” Used Cell Phone Drive to raise funds for the Sago Mine Disaster Fund. The goal is to encourage citizens statewide to donate used wireless phones that are no longer in service. The phones will be collected through Feb. 3.

All proceeds generated from the used-phone collection will be donated to the mine fund.

Used wireless phones in any condition may be dropped off at any West Virginia Wireless Retail Store through Feb. 3. For information about the Donate-A-Phone Program, call Dennis Bloss at 720-4000 or (866) TO GO WVW.

ICG fund

International Coal Group officials have donated $2 million to begin the Sago mine fund, which will provide financial support to the families affected by Monday’s mine explosion. Twelve of the 13 miners who were trapped for more than 40 hours inside the Upshur County mine were found dead.

ICG owner Wilbur Ross and company President Ben Hatfield announced the fund Thursday.

Anyone who would like to donate to the fund should call (212) 826-2174 or toll-free (800) 811-0441.

Massey donation

Massey Energy Co. announced that it would donate $250,000 to the Sago mine fund to benefit the children of miners who perished in the mine.

Catholic fund

The Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, announced Friday the establishment of the Catholic Community Services Miners Relief Fund for immediate and longer-term needs for the families of the miners who died in the Sago mine disaster this week.

People may donate through their parishes or by sending funds directly to Catholic Community Services at P.O. Box 230, Wheeling, WV 26003. Donations may also be made through the diocesan Web site at www.dwc.org.


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