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Holiday Charities

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 10:29 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:

HUNTINGTON AREA FOOD BANK: The food bank is accepting monetary donations to feed hungry families and children this holiday season. HAFB feeds more than 10,000 food insecure people every month in 17 counties across West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Donations may be sent to Huntington Area Food Bank, 1327 7th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701 or by visiting the website at HAFB.org. For more information, call Erin Highlander at 304-523-6029 ext. 24.

JUST FOR FOOD: Underwood Law Offices of Huntington is teaming up with local businesses to sponsor this second annual food drive to benefit food pantries at Cabell Midland and Huntington high schools. Items may be dropped off through Dec. 19. Items currently needed include: snack foods like crackers, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, microwavable soups/pastas and bottled water; toiletries like shampoo, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes; and clothing and linens including socks, towels, washcloths and sheets. Donations may be taken to the following locations: R. Lee Booten Law Office, Stapleton & Stapleton Law Office, Offutt Nord & Burchett Law Office, Duffield & Lovejoy Law Office, Turner and Bellomy Law Office, Law Office of Timothy Eves, Lamp O'Dell Bartram & Levy, Bailes Craig & Yon Law Office, Fredeking & Fredeking Law Office, Law Office of Ken Hicks, Law Office of Abe Saad, Law Office of Eric Anderson, Ransbottom Law Office, William R. Redd Law Office, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Law Office, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Campbell Woods Bagley Emerson McNeer & Herndon Law Firm, Champion Industries, Greif Brothers, Pepsi Bottling Group, A Classic Touch, Milton City Hall & Municipal Offices, Milton Piggly Wiggly and Chase Bank.

BIRTHRIGHT OF HUNTINGTON: The crisis pregnancy center is seeking sleepers and socks in up to size 6 months as well as thermometers, bottle brushes, lotion, shampoo and maternity clothes. Donations may be made from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, at the center, 709 3rd Ave., Huntington. Call 304-523-1212 for more information.

MARTHA ELEMENTARY: Students, parents and community members are asked to help decorate the school's "Martha Mustang Christmas Tree" with toboggans, gloves/mittens and scarves that will be given to children at the Huntington City Mission. Canned goods and other nonperishable food items also are being collected to help provide Christmas dinner for families in need. Donations are being collected at the school through Dec. 20. Contact Boyd Mynes, Martha Elementary principal, at 304-733-3027.

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 Rd., 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.

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.

SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE PROGRAM: Adopt a child in need this season. Angel Trees are at the Huntington Mall as well as Barboursville and Huntington Wal-Marts or an Angel can be picked up at the office at 1223 3rd Ave., Huntington between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The children are between the ages of birth and 10. For more information, call 304-529-2401.

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