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Holiday-related charity fundraisers

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

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:

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.


Absolute Fitness in Barboursville and Teays Valley is conducting "Leap for Children this Holiday." The gym is taking $1 donations for a Frog or larger donations for a Lilly Pad to be posted on the windows of the facilities. All proceeds will be used to purchase toys for the less fortunate this holiday. The drive will continue through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: The opening day for the 32 annual sale is Saturday, Nov. 24. Trees can be purchased from three area lots: BB&T Bank, 6th Avenue and 1st Street, and HIMG, U.S. 60, Huntington; and the Ashland Tennis Center, 13th Street and Oakview Road. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. All trees are freshly cut and are shipped from Virginia and Michigan. Varieties include White Pine, Scotch Pine and Fraser Fir as well as wreaths. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State, which serves children through the mentoring of adult volunteers on a one-to-one basis. Volunteer teams are needed to help sell trees for three-hour shifts. For more information, call 304-522-2191, 606-329-8799 or visit www.bbbstristate.org.

BROTHERS OF THE WHEEL MC MOTHER CHAPTER: Bikers will take to the streets of Milton on Saturday, Dec. 1, to collect donations to help Milton area kids for Christmas. Teachers provide referrals of children in the area who need help. Bikers will be accepting donations at the intersection of U.S. 60 and the Marathon Gas station or donations may be mailed to Brothers of the Wheel Mother Chapter, P.O. Box 275, Apple Grove, WV 25502, Attention: Milton Christmas Donation.

CRICKET'S KIDS: The annual Cricket's Kids Christmas Party is set for 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Celebration Church, 19th Street and Jefferson Avenue, Huntington. Volunteer gift wrapping is conducted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 12-14, at Celebration Church. Volunteers are served a free lunch. The group is currently accepting toys and donations. Last year, more than 2,000 kids received gifts. For more information, call 304-412-2032 or 304-429-4618.

CHRISTMAS WISHES: A local group called Christmas Wishes is looking for families to assist and sponsors to help. Families are accepted until Saturday, Dec. 1. Names are checked with other agencies. Items must be dropped off by Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, call Gina Ortiz at 304-778-3922 or Courtney Carrico at 304-272-5392 or 304-563-3971, email at us52tw@yahoo.com or find the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/269225823125026/.

LITTLE VICTORIES ANIMAL RESCUE: The Ona facility is seeking donations through its pet pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Petco at Merritt's Creek Farm in Barboursville. Petco will also house an Angel tree for homeless animals. Little Victories is also seeking donations of supplies, including dog and cat chow, puppy and kitten chow, cat litter, cleaning supplies and clean used towels, blankets, toys, leashes, cages, carriers and other things relating to the care of animals. For information, call 304-743-5802 or email sbrown7987@aol.com or visit the LV web site at www.littlevictories.org.

PETSAFE DOG PARK: Donations are being accepted for Phase II of the park, which includes sponsorship opportunities for observation deck at $75,000; large dog area at $25,000; shelter at $20,000; small dog area at $10,000; benches at $2,500; fencing sections at $1,000; kiosk at $1,000; dog water fountain at $1,000; shade trees at $400 each; and recognition on wall at $100. Donations may be mailed to Foundation for the Tri-State Community, Inc., PO Box 7932, Huntington, WV 25779-7932.

TOY TRAIN: The 2012 Toy Train Christmas party is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 611 4th Avenue across from Nawab. The Toy Train is a nonprofit charitable organization which collects toys and cash donations and distributes them to local organizations that provide to needy children in the Huntington area. Admission to The Toy Train is one new unwrapped toy or $25 per person. Beer and wine will be provided along with a sampling of food donated from local restaurants such as Rocco's, Buddy's Bar-B-Que, Mac-Reedo's, 21 at the Frederick, Prime, Giovanni's and many others. Entertainment will be provided by Mystic Mountain Blueberry. For more information, visit www.thetoytrain.org.

CROSSFIT THUNDER 25 FOR 25: CrossFit Thunder is hosting its second annual workout fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 1, to raise money to provide Christmas for 25 underprivileged children in the Huntington area. The fundraiser will take place at 11 a.m. at 2516 A 5th Ave, Huntington, WV. For more information on how to participate or donate, contact Chris Ball (304-710-7159) or Matt Lockhart (304-634-3989 or mlockhart@huddlestonbolen.com) or go to http://www.facebook.com/crossfitthunder. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST: The church's Mission 1.2 has a goal of collecting more than 12,000 food items through Dec. 12. Donations will be given to organizations, including Cridlin Food & Clothing Pantry, the Eastern Cabell County Humanities Organization, the Tri-state AIDS Taskforce, and Compassion First in South Point. For more information, contact Justin Murdock at 304-416-1036 or go to to www.uccinhutington.org or www.facebook.com/uccinhuntington.

CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY: The Children's Home Society of West Virginia's local emergency child shelter, Hovah Hall Underwood Children's Home, local Foster Care Services and the WE CAN mentoring/outreach program are in the midst of the annual Christmas fundraising campaign, Little Red Stockings. Children's Home Society's community partners, Go-Marts, One Stops, Applebee's and Little Caesar's are selling Little Red Stockings for $1 each. The campaign runs through Dec. 24 For more information, contact Jennifer Hill at 304-743-2344 or jhill@childhswv.org or go to www.childhswv.org.

OLBH LIGHTS OF LOVE: Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital is planning the 29th installment of the hospital's Lights of Love celebration at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. With a $5 donation, a Christmas light on the tree will be dedicated in honor or memory of a loved one. Proceeds benefit the hospital's Lifeline service s a home-emergency response unit that provides seniors assistance with just the push of a button. For more information, please call the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273).

PRESSLEY RIDGE: Pressley Ridge at Grant Gardens will be doing a community fundraiser Dec. 6 at Bob Evans by the Huntington Mall. Please contact Pressley Ridge at 304-743-4439 for a flier so that 15 percent of the sales goes to the organization. Pressley Ridge is also accepting donations of toiletries, clothing, arts and crafts, and monetary items for teenage boys and girls. Donations will be accepted at 2580 Grant Gardens Road, Ona, W.Va.

TRUE BLUE SALON: True Blue Salon, located at 7 Eastgate Plaza, U.S. 60, Barboursville, is collecting peanut butter and other nonperishable foods for the Huntington Area Food Bank. Those who donate will receive10% off services, products and gift certificates. The food drive will continue through December. The salon is also working with several other local organizations and will accept coats, toys and clothes that will be distributed to needy children in the area. For more information call 304-416-1943 or visit Facebook.com/truebluesalon

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity, which helps families build affordable housing, is seeking donations of time and money as well as items for it Habitat ReStore, which sells home improvement items. The ReStore, 240 3rd Ave. in Huntington, has a list of acceptable donations at www.huntingtonrestore.com. They can be reached at 304-781-1333. To donate money or volunteer to help build a Habitat house, contact 304-523-4822 or go to www.hahabitat.org.

GOLDEN GIRLS: Golden Girl Group Home is seeking Christmas Angels to help provide Christmas gifts for the 24 adolescent females in their care. Each girl makes out a wish list of 10 items and Golden Girl employees work to purchase the top items, up to $200 total, from each girl's list. Gifts are tax-deductible. For more information about the Christmas Angel program, call 304-453-1401 or 304-544-7400.

GLAD TIDINGS ASSEMBLY: Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Hurricane is accepting donations of gently used toys for its Little Drummer Boy Toy Sale, set for 10 to noon Saturday, Dec. 8. The toys will be resold for $1 each to lower-income parents who may not otherwise be able to purchase toys for their children. All proceeds from the sale will go to future church outreaches. To donate, call the church office at 304-562-3074.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 63 TREE SALE: Boy Scout Troop 63 will conduct its 31st annual Christmas tree sale from Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 23, at River Place Plaza, 6005 U.S. Route 60 East, Barboursville. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Troop will sell Fraser firs, Blue Spruce and White Pine trees. Prices start at $25. Proceeds will help send a child to camp. For more information, call 304-736-0638.

TREE OF HOPE: The Healing Place is selling personalized ornaments for the Tree of Hope. For a $10 donation you can purchase an ornament in honor or memory of someone special. You will receive the ornament to keep or give as a gift to let the person know you donated in their name. All of the proceeds will benefit The Healing Place of Huntington, a private nonprofit organization providing long-term residential recovery from alcohol and drug addiction for men. For more information, call 304-523-4673 or go to http://hppartneringforhope.org.

CRAM THE CRUISER: Kentucky State Police is conducting its third annual Cram the Cruiser food drive. Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts throughout the state and at the headquarters in Frankfort. Suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices. Last year, KSP collected 50,931 pounds of food. The food will be distributed to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need during the holiday season. The campaign runs through Friday, Dec. 14. The Kentucky State Police Post 14 is located at 5975 State Route US 60 in Ashland.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE OF THE TRI-STATE: The Ronald McDonald House of the Tri-State is accepting donations to Gift of Lights. There will be a ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. You may make a donation at www.mchouse.org or mail a donation to Ronald McDonald House, 1500 17th St., Huntington, WV 25701, Attn.: "Gift of Lights." Call 304-840-1698 for more information.

CARE PACKAGES FOR SOLDIERS: The local chapter of The Marine Corps Family Support Community is supporting Operation Santa, which sends care packages to service members who are deployed. Anyone who knows local servicemen or women, who are deployed, should call 740-532-5741 or 606-615-0684 or email the information to mcfsc_tristate@yahoo.com in order to include them in this project. To make a financial donation to Operation Santa, mail checks to MCFSC Tri-State Chapter, c/o Mary Jo Vermilyea, 1540 Florence Ave., Ironton, OH 45638

AMERICAN RED CROSS: The Red Cross offers multiple ways that people can help the organization. There is a Holiday Giving Catalog which offers multiple symbolic gifts. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are collaborating on the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign, collecting and distributing cards to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The public is invited to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until Dec. 7 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending "care packages," monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Also blood donations are encouraged. To schedule a blood donation, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

TOYS FOR TOTS: The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's annual program is accepting new, unwrapped toys through Friday, Dec. 7, at the following locations: Huntington Housing Authority Family Resource Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday, 2920 Marcum Terrace, Marvin Gray Family Center Gym, Huntington; Medicap Pharmacy, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 4352 5th Street Road, Huntington; Sun Tan City, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2957 5th Ave., Huntington, and 360 Diederich Blvd., Ashland. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit www.toysfortots.org.

TOY COLLECTION: Eric Easley of E2ntertainment, Michael Paul of Tattoo Mafia, Jason Pettaway of Uppercuts and Mark Nenni of Huntington PC as well as the Salvation Army are collecting new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats for children through Saturday, Dec. 15. Donations can be made at Huntington PC, 1650 8th Ave., Suite 14, Huntington; Tattoo Mafia, 405 9th St.., Huntington; and Uppercuts, 331 Hal Greer Blvd., Huntington.