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Holiday charities

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Herald-Dispatch is making a list of organizations planning holiday-related charity fundraisers. Send your holiday charity information to news@herald-dispatch.com or fax to 304-526-2857. Here are some of the charities from the Tri-State that people can assist:

Express Employment Professionals: The service is hosting its inaugural "Express Your Kindness: Holiday Food Drive" through the end of December. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off to the Express Employment Professionals Office, 3677 U.S. 60 East, Barboursville. Donations are accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 304-733-5627 for pick-up.

HUNTINGTON AARP CHAPTER: The group is collecting Christmas gifts for local seniors who receive in-home care and Meals on Wheels. Gift items include: throws, T-shirts, socks, pajamas, gowns, soap, lotion, toothpaste/brushes, toiletry items, puzzle books, flashlights, etc. Monetary gifts are also accepted to help purchase gifts. Call Dolly Rozzi at 304 733-3656.

UNITED WAY OF THE RIVER CITIES: Contributions made to this charity stay in this community to help address our most pressing issues. One donation helps fund 27 local programs focused on improving education, income, health and providing basic needs. This year, United Way of the River Cities is trying to help 30,000 individuals in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Wayne, and Lawrence (Ohio) counties. To contribute, mail a check to 820 Madison Avenue, Huntington, WV 25704 or visit www.unitedwayrivercities.org/give.

PRESSLEY RIDGE GRANT GARDENS: The nonprofit is accepting donations for both boys and girls between the ages of 13- and 17-years-old. Donations can be taken to 2580 Grant Gardens Road., Ona, and can include stocking stuffers, hygiene items, games, etc. For more informaiton, call 304-743-4439.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 63 TREE SALE: Boy Scout Troop 63 will conduct its 32nd annual Christmas tree sale from Friday, Nov. 29, through Monday, Dec. 23, at the River Place Plaza, 6002 US 60 E., Barboursville. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The troop will sell fraser firs and blue spruces organically grown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Prices start at $30. For more information, call 304-736-0638.

CHRISTMAS WISHES: This nonprofit organization assists families and senior citizens during the Christmas season and is seeking sponsors. The list of persons needing assistance is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/269225823125026/permalink/611205375593734/. Call Tonia White, founder, at 304-272-5392.

CRICKET'S KIDS: Volunteers needed Dec. 10-12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to wrap gifts for the annual Cricket's Kids Christmas Party, which is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Lunch provided for volunteer wrappers. Donations also accepted for the party at Downstreet or United National Bank. Toys also appreciated. Call 304-429-4618 or 304-412-2032.

GOLDEN GIRL GROUP HOME: The facility, which is a foster home for 24 adolescent girls who are wards of the state of West Virginia, is seeking sponsors for its Christmas Angel program. Contact Becky Davis at 304-453-1401 or 304-544-7400 for more information.

HOSPICE OF HUNTINGTON LIGHT-A-LIFE TREE: Hospice of Huntington's annual Light-a-Life Tree Campaign runs through the month of December. With each donation made in memory or honor of a loved one, a candle-of-life is hung on a holiday tree on display throughout the agency's five-county service area. There is no required level of giving. To make a donation, visit www.hospiceofhuntington.org or call 304-529-4217 to request a donation card via mail. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Huntington.

JOY TREE AT JEFFREY GEORGE COMFORT HOUSE: Lights can be purchased in memory of, or in honor of, a loved one. Names of those to be honored by the lights will be on display in the House foyer. A holiday card can also be sent to the loved one being honored. The $10 light donation supports the continuation of the House's mission of providing lodging for adult family members of those in local hospitals who live 50 miles from Huntington. Call 304-522-1832.

MOUNTAIN STATE CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING AND CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO: The group has paired with Clear Channel to collect clean, used coats through Dec. 16. Coats may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the center, located at 821 4th Ave., Huntington, or at the radio station studios at 134 4th Ave., Huntington. The coats will be delivered to a local organization. For more information, call Suzy Spears at 304-525-3324 or Clear Channel Communications at 304-525-7788.

TABERNACLE OF PRAISE CHURCH OF GOD CHRISTMAS BEARS: The church is partnering with Comfort in Christ Bears LLC for the memory bears, which are made from recycled holiday material. Customers may also provide their own material or clothing for keepsake memory bears. A 12-inch bear is $20, plus tax. A 15-inch bear is $30, plus tax. The deadline for ordering Christmas bears is Dec. 16. Proceeds will be used for local humanitarian efforts and global outreach programs. For more information, contact Cathy Schrader at catschrader@hotmail.com or call 304-940-5285.

TRI-STATE LITERACY COUNCIL POINSETTIA SALE: The Tri-State Literacy Council is selling poinsettias this holiday season. Poinsettias are available in 6-inch, 8-inch or 10-inch plants in red, white, pink, marble or ice punch. The poinsettias are locally grown and range in cost from $10 to $25. Deadlines for ordering are as follows: Nov. 29 for Dec. 2 pickup; Dec. 6 for Dec 9 pickup; and Dec. 13 for Dec. 16 pickup. To purchase poinsettias, email TSLCflowersale@gmail.com.

PRESTERA FOUNDATION: The Prestera Foundation is accepting monetary donations for Prestera Center's Women and Children's programs in Huntington and Charleston. Contributions will be used to make sure each child of a mother working toward recovery has a memorable Christmas. Donations may be sent to Prestera Foundation, PO Box 2672, Huntington, WV 25726 or for more information, contact Traci Fricke at 304-525-7851 x 1510. Prestera is a 501(c)3 organization.

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