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Help Out: Jan. 13, 2013

By Staff reports
Chris Dorst
Volunteers in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and the children they mentor are (from left, back to front) Carl Hostler and Sean Wright, 13; Tiffany Williams and Daniella Ewing, 7; Stacy Loftis and Dalex McClure, 14; and Kuly Kimba and Jaydan Bruce, 6. A bowling fundraiser for the program is Jan. 26.
Bowling for kidsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bowl for the Kids' Sake, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Venture Lanes, near St. Albans.The bowling event provides 20 percent of the agency's funding, which helps pay for bus trips, picnics, pool parties and educational activities for the 75 children served in Kanawha and Putnam counties.Teams of up to five bowlers raise a minimum of $200 to bowl. Individual entry fee is $75. Sponsorships range from $500 to $4,000. Prizes are awarded to teams and individuals raising certain amounts.To sign up, call 304-746-7900 or visit nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters, founded in 1904, matches volunteer mentors with at-risk youth.Caregivers workshop CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- HospiceCare is offering a free workshop for caregivers from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at its main office, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W.The workshop is designed to educate and to provide answers to those caring for an aging or terminally ill family member or friend, and have questions, dilemmas, uncertainty about their ability to provide appropriate care.The workshop is being held in conjunction with the opening of HospiceCare's new PallitiveCare Center for Education and Consulting. Newly named director of palliative care Vickie Powell and community education coordinator Carol Matheny will lead the workshop.Advance directives and community resources available for families and friends to provide better care to their loved ones will be discussed.
The PalliativeCare Center at HospiceCare serves families in Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Roane, Summers and Webster counties.For more information about the workshop or the center, contact Powell at 304-941-1950 or Matheny at 304-941-1951.Cupcake War for campCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The second annual Cupcake War to benefit Rock Camp 4 Girls Appalachia will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 301 Piedmont Road.
All proceeds go to the free summer camp for 60 to 80 girls from West Virginia. Many of the campers are from foster homes or low-income backgrounds. Campers learn important life skills in addition to music skills.Last year, more than 2,000 cupcakes were donated, raising $1,500 toward camp scholarships.Bakers interested in entering the free competition should email needs itemsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The following items are need for Crossroads, the men's shelter in Charleston:Coffee, milk, butter, cheese, canned goods, cereal and oatmeal.
Items may be dropped off anytime from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Crossroads, 503 Leon Sullivan Way.The deadline for submissions to Help Out is noon Wednesday for the following Sunday. If you would like a response from the public, please provide the name and telephone number of a person who can be listed in the newspaper. Send information via email to, by fax to 304-348-1233, or by regular mail to Help Out, The Charleston Gazette, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301.
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