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Fight Hunger in W.Va.

Funds and food donations given to Catholic Charities West Virginia (CCWVa) through the end of this month will be used for a matching grant through the Feinstein Challenge, which provides funds for anti-hunger agencies across the country.

The annual challenge started 16 years ago, when Alan Shawn Feinstein of Rhode Island challenged the agencies to raise funds on their own — and offered to match those funds through his Feinstein Foundation.

“I believe each of us was put here on earth to do what we can to help those in need,” Feinstein said.

CCWVa raised more than $161,000 in cash and food donations through the Feinstein Challenge last year, said Patti Phillips, development and marketing director.

Organizers hope to top that amount this year.

In-kind donations to CCWVa’s food pantries, in addition to cash donations designated for hunger relief, will be included in CCWVa’s application for the matching grant.

“Mr. Feinstein’s generosity, vision and hope are encouragement to those of us who see the devastating effects of hunger daily. This effective campaign spurs CCWVa to unite our friends and neighbors in alleviating hunger in our state,” Phillips said.

Food items can be brought to any of the 11 CCWVa food parishes across West Virginia. Cash donations can be made online at For more information call CCWVa at (304) 905-9860. For live updates on the campaign, follow CCWVa on Twitter — @CCharitiesWVa or #FeinsteinChallenge.

Spring Craft Show

The Dunbar Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a Spring Craft Show on Saturday April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local artists and craftsmen are invited to apply for a booth at the show. All items for sale must be handcrated.

Spaces are available at $25 each (including table) or $20 per space (with no table).

Funds raised from this event will benefit the church youth department.

For more information call the church at (304) 720-7454 or Kim Rodeheaver at (304) 776-4287.

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