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In scary times, there's an impulse to hang onto every cent, to not think beyond taking care of your own. But if it's more difficult now for you, how hard must it be for those who have even less?

The following charities are included in the Christmas Fund program:
The Children's Home Society, Daymark, Heart and Hand, Manna Meal, Mountain Mission,Salvation Army, Union Mission, Gabriel Project and Covenant House.

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Christmas Fund nears $44,500; still time to give

Christmas and New Year’s Day are closing in fast. Now is the time, if you would like to help those in need in our community.

Many Gazette readers have already helped out, by donating to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund.


Bad chain of events leaves single mom of four wondering

Since age 13, she bounced around from family member to family member because of her unstable home life.

She’s now a young single mother -- the mother of four, actually.

Her one stable role model -- her grandmother -- died recently,...

With ailing heart, dad struggles to provide

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This single father always worked hard to provide for his daughter. He’d never missed a day of work.

Now he is sidelined with a disability. In August, doctors discovered his heart was in serious trouble and...

Car wreck, work injury end family dreams

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes all it takes is one accident to send a hard-working family into poverty.

Annie, 29, had a good job and a promising future until she was hit broadside by a car while driving home from a friend’s wedding....

Grandmother trying to provide hope and new life for grandson

Living on a fixed income and with disabilities, this grandmother is trying to open her grandson’s world to better opportunities late in her life.

The boy’s mother abused meth and allegedly physically harmed him. His father...

Christmas Fund total tops $31,000

A family devastated by a house fire. A mother of six dealing with the medical bills brought on by her cancer. A girl facing an unplanned pregnancy — only to find out that she’s having triplets.


In 1926, members of the Charleston Mountain Mission church held a prayer meeting in the West Side hills that included a discussion of ways to help the community’s underprivileged. To begin addressing that issue, a free will offering was...

Strong families boost wellbeing of children

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Markus and Tamarra and their five children had been doing well.

But at the end of the summer, right before Taylor, Chelsy, Vivian, Gregory and Micky were set to head back to school, a fire broke out in their home,...

Mother of 6 needs help keeping them warm, fed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Patty beat cancer but couldn’t celebrate long.

The mother of six has mouths to feed and keep warm this winter.

Not to mention the mountain of medical bills that have piled up and the stress of the holiday...

Needy parents and expectant mothers turn to Gabriel Project

Lauren is young and overwhelmed — not only is her pregnancy unplanned, but she is expecting triplets in early 2015.

For Lauren, caring for one child on her income would prove difficult, but the prospect of buying three times the normal...

Christmas Fund raises more than $16,000 so far

Generous Gazette readers have given more than $16,600 to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund during the early days of this year’s fund drive.

Money raised by the fund will assist nine local agencies that help those in need....

Gabriel Project helps pregnant women, families

Brian works in a low-paying job and has trouble affording necessities for his child — he can’t afford a crib, so his son sleeps with him in his bed. Items as basic as diapers, formula and clothing for the baby are a stretch for Brian....