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Volunteers raise thousands for foster care during Walk With Me event

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Volunteers raised more than $12,000 for foster care programs during the fifth annual Walk With Me .... for Youth in Foster Care on May 18 in Charleston.

The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Foster and Adoptive Recruitment and Retention Collaborative and featured more than 300 people participating.

"West Virginia has a lot of great families and workers who do their best to make sure every child knows they are cared about," Kelly Thompson, associate director of Mission West Virginia, said in a release. "Each year we have a lot of fun and I am very touched to see that so many families with both foster and adoptive children came together during National Foster Care Month to support children in foster care in our state."

Proceeds from this event go to the Recruitment and Retention Collaborative and Mission West Virginia to fund events and projects that benefit youth in foster care.

Jake Ross of Huntington was the top individual fundraiser, raising more than $1,200 in donations. The top team fundraiser, Team Mission West Virginia, raised more than $2,500. Team participants represented area businesses, families, churches and organizations.

The official sponsor of Walk With Me 2013 was Frontier Communications. The 2013 Happy Heart sponsor was Lumos Networks and the Giving Heart Sponsor was NECCO. The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, RC the Clown, the Heart of Appalachia Roller Derby, and Heroes for Hire also offered support for the event.

Anyone interested in fostering, adopting or working to improve the lives of WV foster children, please call Mission WV at 866-CALL-MWV or email adopt@missionwv.org.v