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Holiday charities

Dec. 26, 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:

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.

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.

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 information, call 304-743-4439.

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.

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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