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Help Out: Oct. 21, 2012

By Staff reports
Meal on WheelsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Meals on Wheels Inc. needs a volunteer to drive for the West Side hill area on Tuesdays. The route takes about an hour. If interested, call Helen C. Scragg at 304-346-5104.Meals on Wheels is a volunteer, nonprofit service organization that provides meals to the homebound, elderly, convalescing, handicapped or chronically ill who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered five days a week, including holidays.Pantry needs canned goodsCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Covenant House/Manna Meal Food Pantry is in desperate need of canned fruit and canned meats such as tuna, chicken and salmon, as well as any staple items. Drop off items between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the pantry, First Presbyterian Church, Leon Sullivan Way and Virginia Street East.Volunteers are needed for the 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and for the 1 to 3 p.m. second and fourth Thursday shifts. Drivers with a van or small truck to pick up food for Manna Meal are needed at 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Drivers transport food to the pantry and help stock the shelves and refrigerators. The job usually takes about an hour. Email for more information or to volunteer.Walk to End Alzheimer'sCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Registration is 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 for the 2012 Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at Appalachian Power Park, Charleston.The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the Alzheimer's Association's signature fundraising event. An estimated 48,000 West Virginians are living with Alzheimer's disease.Teams and individual participants can register online at or by calling 800-272-3900. The local walk committee has set a goal to raise $120,000 for the Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter. Registration for the walk is free; however, participants are encouraged to raise $100 to earn a commemorative Walk to End Alzheimer's T-shirt. The day will feature food, prizes and the opportunity to celebrate loved ones lost to Alzheimer's.Pumpkins in the ParkCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Junior League of Charleston's annual fall fundraiser, Pumpkins in the Park, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Capitol Complex. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Junior League's community activities.Admission is free, but tickets are required for some events. All-day wristbands are $10.Registration for the 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. Children's activities include games, a fun run and a bounce house. Family Zumba and yoga, bake sale and basket raffle will be held.
Fundraisers such as Pumpkins in the Park allow the Junior League of Charleston to help support projects such as the NICU Family Support Center, West Side's Bob Burdette Center, Ronald McDonald House, Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Daymark and Vandalia Housing.
Holiday bazaarCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- New or slightly used items that can be regifted for a silent auction are being accepted now for the holiday bazaar Dec. 1 at Camp Virgil Tate.Donated items may be dropped off at the WVU Extension Service Office, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E. Vendor registrations are also being taken.The bazaar will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the camp, 1400 Camp Virgil Tate Road. Scheduled events include breakfast with Santa, gift and craft bazaar, child and pet photos with Santa, re-gift silent auction, raffles, farm animal exhibit, search-and-rescue dog demonstration and baked goods.For more information, contact the Extension Office at 304-720-9573 or visit
Halloween Party benefitTEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. -- FireSide Grille, off Interstate 64 exit 39 (Teays Valley), is having a free Halloween Party, starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 27. The party will feature live music by the Lost Cause Band and a costume contest with prizes. All proceeds go to Basket of Hope charity.Pet costume contestHURRICANE, W.Va. -- New Hope Animal Rescue will hold its 16th annual Pet Halloween Costume Contest at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the large shelter at Valley Park in Hurricane.There is a $3 entry fee for each of the seven categories. Trophies will be awarded. Photographs of pets and owners may be purchased. Local businesses have given raffle prizes for the fundraiser for New Hope, an all-volunteer, nonprofit, no-kill foster/rescue group.Proceeds from this event will benefit New Hope's spay/neuter and medical programs as well as New Hope Animal Rescue's mission of building a no-kill animal shelter in the Putnam/Kanawha County area. For more information, call 304-562-0300.Pottery for United WayHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Pottery Place and United Way of the River Cities have teamed up for a Marshall University football-themed fundraiser.Pottery Place, in Huntington, will sell 50 special-edition ceramic footballs with "Go Herd 2012" on each. Each piece costs $85 with proceeds going to United Way.Pottery Place will paint more ceramic footballs to be signed by team players and will be auctioned off at the end of the season.For more information, visit or contact Scott Neill at 304-523-8929, ext. 2, or
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