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Holiday Charities

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 02:41 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:

CHESAPEAKE COMMUNITY CENTER: The facility is seeking donations for the facility, which houses a food bank and supports community based programs such as youth sports and exercise facilities. Some projects in need of support include a handicap accessible track, energy efficient windows, refinishing the gym floor, repairs to the boiler and utility bills. Donations can be mailed to Chesapeake Community Center, 3748 Ohio 7, Chesapeake, OH 45619.

SOLES4SOULS: Huntington Comfort Shoes and Orthotics LLC is collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, which donates shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. The company will collect new or gently worn footwear and/or donations to help the organization. People and companies interested in donating can visit Huntington Comfort Shoes and Orthotics LLC at 2516B 5th Ave. Huntington, WV 25703. They will collect your new or gently used shoes there.

HELP FOR ANIMALS: Donations of pet food and cat litter will be accepted to help homeless animals. For more information call Help for Animals Clinic at 304-736-8555.

PARAMOUNT ARTS CENTER: The Ashland arts facility is seeking support for its program which help bring arts to children. Gifts can be designated to a specific program or just a general donation. For more information on ways to become a member or give to the Paramount, call 606-324-3175, Ext. 316, email jody@paramountartscenter.com, or go online to www.paramountartscenter.com.

PRESTERA FOUNDATION: Last year Prestera Center provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to over 21,000 children, families and adults. More than 90 percent of those fall below the poverty line and are unable to pay for the services. The Prestera Foundation is seeking donations to ensure these services remain available. Tax Credits are available to those who donate $500 or more. Contributions can be mailed to Prestera Foundation, PO Box 2672, Huntington, WV 25726. Questions can be directed to Traci Fricke at 304-525-7851, Ext. 1510, or traci.fricke@prestera.org.

EBENEZER MEDICAL OUTREACH: Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. (EMO) is asking for donations as part of the Holiday Mail Campaign. EMO is a free health clinic that provides health care for the uninsured of the Tri-State. EMO is located at 1448 10th St., Suite 100, Huntington. No gift is too small and all contributions are truly appreciated. A $6 donation provides two prescriptions for one month; a $38 donation provides one month of health care including medical clinic visit and needed prescriptions; a $75 donation provides one dental procedure; a $480 donation provides one patient with a full year of health care including medical clinic visits, dental visits, and needed prescriptions; a $15 donation provides one free cooking class. Every $1 received by EMO leverages $11.81 in donated medical services and supplies. To volunteer, make a contribution or any questions, call 304-529-0753, Ext. 111, or email yvonnejones@emohealth.org.

SALVATION ARMY: The organization is accepting donations for its Angel Tree program through Dec. 15. Donations for angels who don’t receive gifts can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, 1223 3rd Ave., Huntington, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CABELL-WAYNE ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND: The group, which provides support for the visually impaired, is seeking donations. Checks can be made payable to Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind Services Division. Donations can be dropped off to the organizaiton or mailed to 38 Washington Ave., Huntington, WV 25701. For information, call 304-522-6991 or online www.cabellwayne.org.

IRONTON AMVETS POST 5293: The organization helps veterans in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. The group is having a food/toy drive at the post from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the post, 315 South 3rd St., Ironton. It is also hosting a competition to see which branch of service — Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marines — gets the most donations.

PRESTERA CENTER’S RENAISSANCE PROGRAM: The program is seeking new toys for 35 children ages newborn to 12 years old that live with their mothers while in long-term residential addictions recovery at the Pinecrest program. Renaissance children typically live in extreme poverty where household incomes are less than $5,000 a year on average leaving nothing left over to buy presents for the children. To donate, bring an unwrapped new toy or monetary donation to the Pinecrest location at 5600 U.S. 60 E. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours donations can be dropped off at the after hours entrance located off the building's east side gravel parking lot next to the loading dock. For additional information, please contact Sharon Shaw at 304-525-7851, Ext. 4510.

FAITH IN ACTION OF THE RIVER CITIES: The organization is selling 500 plus piece jigsaw puzzles of Huntington-area landmarks for $15 each. Proceeds support the coordination of services to elderly and chronically disabled adults throughout the Tri-State. Puzzles are available at the Faith in Action office at 848 9th Ave., Huntington, Monday through Thursday; and at the Huntington Mall Customer Service Center. For more information or to purchase a puzzle, contact Rose Thornburg at Faith in Action, by phone 304-697-1274, toll-free at 877-367-1271, or by email at fiarc@comcast.net.

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.

LITTLE VICTORIES ANIMAL RESCUE:  Little Victories is looking for donations this Christmas for food, toys, treats, and litter. They also need help with vet bills, including spay and neuter. If you can not come to the facility, please mail donations to Little Victories, P.O. Box 247, Barboursville, WV 25504. The facility has an Angel Tree at the Little Victories Farm, located at 3589 Wire Branch Road in Ona, through Christmas Day.They accept cleaning supplies and clean used towels, blankets, toys, leashes, cages, carriers and other things relating to the care of animals. 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.

crossfit thunder 25 for 25: CrossFit Thunder is raising money to provide Christmas for 25 underprivileged children in the Huntington area. For more information on how to participate or donate, contact Chris Ball at 304-710-7159 or Matt Lockhart at 304-634-3989 or mlockhart@huddlestonbolen.com or go to http://www.facebook.com/crossfitthunder. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 16.

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.

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 receive 10 percent 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.

BOY SCOUT TROOP 63 TREE SALE: Boy Scout Troop 63 will conduct its 31st annual Christmas tree sale 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.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: 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.

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. 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.