www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette-Mail Charities http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Neediest Cases: Grandmother needs help providing for grandchildren http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161202/GZ0104/161209878 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161202/GZ0104/161209878 Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:57:30 -0500 This Charleston grandmother has one Christmas wish - to have all of her grandchildren under the same roof during the holiday.

The woman's daughter died about a year ago from cancer. After her death, her six children were separated into two different homes - half of them live with their grandmother, while the others live in another home. The decision was difficult, but the grandmother was not able to take care of all of the children.

"She doesn't have the energy to keep up with all of them," her caseworker said.

The other children live nearby, so all of the siblings do have a chance to visit each other a few times a month. The children love to spend time with their grandmother.

"It's very emotional, because she would love them all under one roof," her caseworker said.

This Christmas she hopes to do that. She's already begun to plan the event. During Christmas Eve the children are going to exchange gifts together, and on Christmas morning they'll open gifts from Santa.

The grandmother also is planning a large Christmas dinner for the family. Friends are coming in from out of town to help with all of the children. The caseworker says the holiday will allow all of them to spend a few days together as a family.

But after Christmas, the kids will be separated again. They don't like the situation, but the caseworker said they are always excited to meet again.

Right now three of the children need warm clothing to make it through the winter. The grandmother also is hoping for bunk beds for two of her grandsons to sleep in.

"This is a good family with their own set of struggles," her caseworker said. "They're just down on their luck now."

Needs: $400 for clothing, $150 for bunk beds.

Cases published in the Gazette-Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal have been verified by approved social service agencies.

To give, use the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: First week's donations top $20,000 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161201/GZ0104/161209963 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161201/GZ0104/161209963 Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:34:06 -0500 Charleston Gazette-Mail readers haven't been grinches during the first days of the annual holiday fund drive. They've donated more than $20,000 since the fundraising effort began last week.

But there's a long way to go to meet this year's goal. Last year, donors gave more than $160,000, and we hope to meet or exceed that.

There's still more than three weeks before Christmas, but the time will be gone before you know it, so please don't delay.

Your donation goes to help less fortunate residents in our community and the agencies that work to provide them with that help.

To donate, look for the form in today's paper or visit wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

Here's the first list of givers to this year's Gazette-Mail Charities fund drive:

Geneva Clyburn, $25

Anonymous, in honor of EEC, $1,000

Dan and Linda Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary Porter Taylor, $100

Georgette Connelly, in memory of Bernie Connelly, $200

Sherry Depoy, in memory of UBB 29, $29

Jean Nelson, in honor of The Woodsons, $250

Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary Ammar, $100

Dorothy J. Dye, $30

Stephen and Rosemary Parkins, $25

Sue Pryce, in memory of Jim Pryce, $100

Harry Hunter, in memory of Hershell "Doc" Hunter, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Freda Cutlip, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Harold R. Fix, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Virginia B. Myers, $100

Thomas R. and Lola R. Waldorf, $100

Emma L. Kennedy, in honor of Sandra and Chris, $100

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of Kenny W. Durbin, $25

Anonymous, a friend from Ravenswood, $100

Marie Oxley, in memory of Bill Oxley, $200

James Heim, in memory of Anita Collet and Colene Heim, and in honor of the Heim family, $100

Steven G. Taylor, $100

Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100

Sarah J. Adams, in memory of Frank Adams, $50

Anonymous, in honor of John Huddleston, $25

Nick Estes, $75

Anonymous, in memory of Betty Baier, $100

Chris Gebhard, in honor of Colton and Kendall Gebhard, $30

Kevin B. Wolfe, $200

CAMC Civic Affairs Council, $350

Anne Esposito, in memory of my Mammaw and Pappaw, $500

David Parker, in memory of Gregory Wynn Parker, $500

Mary Beth Davis, in memory of Beverly Pritt, $500

Jaime Beckelhimer, $75

Stephen Jones, $1

Orlando McMeans, in honor of single mom with cancer needing washer and dryer, $560

Pamela Fauver, in memory of Chester and Nancy Winterstein, $100

William Chambers, in memory of Carolyn Perry, $500

Aaron Hark, in memory of Thomas Hark and Frank Veltri, $2,500

Jeff and Susan Stewart, $250

Margie Price, in memory of Harold and Janie Price, $100

Jennifer and John Britton Jr., in memory of John Wilkerson, $1,000.

Danvil Newhouse, in honor of the 33-year-old mother of two sons and is a cancer patient from Nov. 26 Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities story, $100

Mitzi Orcutt, in memory of Aubrey E. Orcutt, $50

Connie B. Stewart, in honor of Will, Clyde, Drew and Jake, $100

Larry Levak, $100

James Gibson, in memory of Joe and Dorothy Gibson, $20

Rishel and Sandra Walker, $200

Anonymous, in honor of Jesus Christ my savior, $100

Larry Schneider and Helen Chilton, $200

Robert G. Newman, in memory of Patricia Keenan Richardson Newman, $55

Anonymous, in memory of Will, George, Mary and Carolyn, $100

Anonymous, $260, in honor of mom with terminal cancer

Barbara Murray, $200

Mad Max and Anita Maxwell, $25

Sue and Ed Baldwin, in honor of Madison, Jaxson and Maddox, $50

Tamara Stephens, in memory of Lennie Elkins and Daisy Stephens, $200

Anonymous, in memory of my husband, $50

Marion Baer, in memory of Frank Baer II, $100

Ann Balkey, in memory of Ruben Jones, $75

Jack and Rebecca Kutil, in honor of Jesus Christ who suffered, $300

Our Gang Haircare, $200

Laura McCullough, in memory of Amazon Eves, $50

Nelson N. Spencer, in memory of Marie, $100

Kathryn Stone, $100

Jack Goldfarb, $50

Dr. Iraj Derakshan, in honor of Joseph and Betty; Charleston Home Society of WV, $50

CHAMR, $500

James Haught and Nancy Lince, $200

Anonymous (combined) total: $6,147

Grand total (so far): $20,182

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Struggling family needs help with baby supplies http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161130/GZ0104/161139955 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161130/GZ0104/161139955 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:37:52 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

"Keith" and "Tina" have been married almost a year. Tina has two children from a previous marriage, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. They've also been caring for Keith's 7-year-old daughter for several months, ever since Keith's first wife brought her to them and said she couldn't care for her anymore. They haven't heard from her since.

When Tina started feeling bad, she thought she had caught the stomach virus they kids have been passing around. But when she couldn't shake the virus, she went to see a doctor. She and Keith were shocked to discover that Tina was pregnant. She was six months along at the time. They started gathering what they needed with the help of family and by visiting thrift stores like Heart and Hand. The couple got another surprise in November, when their baby, Payton, arrived a month early.

A family member gave them a crib and grandma gave them a bassinet, but they still are in need of things for the baby as Payton grows.

They need diapers and wipes. Size 1-2 diapers would be a great help. They also need a baby swing and a pack-n-play. They are hoping to save enough money to buy a high chair for Payton to use when he gets big enough.

To help Tina and Keith and other needy families, consider making a donation to Gazette-Mail Charities. Heart and Hand is one of the local agencies Gazette-Mail Charities supports. Donations made to Gazette-Mail Charities' holiday fund drive go to places like Heart and Hand, which then put the money to good use helping the needy in our community. To give, fill out the donation coupon in today's newspaper and send it with your check, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo. Donations are tax-deductible. Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Neediest Cases: Couple seeks help fixing porch to prevent falls http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161129/GZ0104/161129512 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161129/GZ0104/161129512 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:40:07 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

This couple volunteers their time helping others in their community, but leave their home each day in fear they will fall through their weakening porch.

The couple, ages 69 and 79, get around pretty good, the caseworker said. He doesn't drive anymore, but she drives them to church and to a local senior nutrition center where they volunteer.

The caseworker said the couple volunteer to do what they can, wiping off tables after meals and so on. They would do anything to help others, said their caseworker.

They don't ask for anything, the caseworker said, but the couple's heavy-set frames on their rain-weakened porch are of concern to the couple and the caseworker.

The rain and weather leaking through the porch's roof caused the floor to weaken over time. The couple are afraid they will fall through the porch of the home they've owned and cared for all these years.

"They're a very, very nice couple," the caseworker said. "They just don't have a whole lot."

The couple lives on $1,395 in combined Social Security benefits, but once they've paid their utilities and bought groceries little is left to buy items needed to make much-needed repairs to the porch roof and floor.

"We have agencies that can help with other things, but there are no agencies in our area that can help them with this," the caseworker said. "They just need some help in getting their porch repaired."

The caseworker said the repairs would be made by volunteers if the materials were provided.

The couple have turned to Neediest Cases for aid in giving them peace of mind to safely leave and enter their home.

Needs: $500 for materials for porch and roof (plywood and tin)

Cases published in the Gazette-Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal have been verified by approved social service agencies.

To give, use the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Jericho House helps people through tough times http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161128/GZ0104/161129573 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161128/GZ0104/161129573 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:31:27 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

For more than two decades, Jericho House has been a staple for those in need in the St. Albans area.

The faith-based facility, which provides temporary housing for women and children, is 100 percent donation-funded. It receives no state or federal funding.

Its central location on Fourth Street in St. Albans makes Jericho House convenient for single women and mothers looking for employment and permanent housing, said Mary Baker, who serves as secretary for the facility's board of directors.

There are certain items that are always needed at Jericho House, such as toilet paper, paper towels, kitchen soap and laundry detergent.

The house also needs furniture, cleaning items, toiletries, blankets, sheets and towels, cookware and silverware, and clean beds.

"We always need beds," Baker said.

Jericho House also provides furniture for its guests who leave once they find stable housing.

Nearby churches that regularly donate to the house provide space for furniture drop-offs.

But furniture donations aren't necessarily limited to those who have stayed at Jericho House, Baker said.

Jericho House also uses money it receives through Gazette-Mail Charities to pay for a person's utility bill if he or she receives a cutoff notice and can't pay or can't afford a needed medicine.

Those who stay at Jericho House are required to work or be looking for work, though the center helps guests find stable housing, day care for their children and other needs.

"One of the big problems people have when they move a lot is that they lose some of their paperwork," Baker said. Jericho House helps those people get new IDs or shuttle them to a free clinic for health services.

Baker recalled one previous guest who had lost custody of her two children.

"She came and got a job after she moved there, and she had to pay child support," Baker said. "She was with us about eight months [and] rode the bus to and from work until she was able to get her own apartment."

The woman later regained custody of her children, Baker said.

Jericho House has four rooms where single women can stay with their children, and one apartment that can accommodate a family.

It screens all guests before they can move in.

"Sometimes they've just lost their lease [because] they couldn't pay rent or were sharing a place with somebody," Baker said. "Sometimes they're coming out of other substandard housing or another shelter where they've maxed out."

Most guests are on food stamps, but Jericho House also provides food donations when needed.

"It's been a grassroots thing. A lot of people know about Jericho House," she said.

Donations to Jericho House can be dropped off at 401 Fourth St. in St. Albans.

For furniture drop-offs, call ahead at 304-727-0179 for instructions on where to deliver donations.

To help by donating to Gazette-Mail Charities, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the charities logo.

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Neediest Cases: Older woman can't catch break, needs fridge and a coat http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161127/GZ0104/161129605 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161127/GZ0104/161129605 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 16:25:32 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

This 72-year-old, who lives with her dog, just wants to be independent. But the hits just keep on coming.

"She calls me all the time, stressed out," her caseworker said. "Every single day."

She lives on $752 per month in Social Security and $99 per month in SNAP benefits.

She's behind on her bills.

Her car was vandalized, and she's still driving it with a broken window.

Her stove doesn't work.

Her refrigerator broke a couple months ago, and the one she began renting was removed from her home after she couldn't afford the $59 per month payment.

Her landlord gave her a fridge to use, but only the freezer part works.

"She sold a lot of her stuff just to survive," her caseworker said. "You walk into her living room, she doesn't have anything."

She even sold her antique bed, but her caseworker said she may be running out of belongings to pawn. She doesn't even have a winter coat.

"I think the only thing that keeps her going is her dog," her caseworker said. The caseworker said one of the woman's sons drowned five years ago, and another was abusive to her.

"She stays depressed all the time," the caseworker said. "She doesn't have enough money to survive."

The woman has turned to Neediest Cases for aid.

n Needs: $598 for a refrigerator, $300 for clothes.

Cases published in the Gazette-Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal have been verified by approved social service agencies.

To give, use the donation coupon below or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Heart and Hand looks to help struggling mom http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161126/GZ0104/161129650 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161126/GZ0104/161129650 Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:00:06 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

"Jennifer" has been struggling to provide for her three children, "Sam," "Kim" and "Isaac," since her boyfriend left her.

She hadn't planned to have a third child. Both she and her boyfriend already were struggling to make ends meet when she found out she was pregnant with her third child.

When that happened, her boyfriend left because he said he didn't want any more children. Now, he's not helping with the children, and Jennifer is filing for child support.

Jennifer got an apartment in low-income housing, and she hopes her financial situation will improve once she's moved in. Her friends and family came together and got her a baby bed and collected clothing for when Isaac was born. But, now that the baby is starting to walk, Jennifer needs a walker, high chair, clothing (size 9 to 12 months) and diapers (size 4).

Heart and Hand, a community service center in South Charleston, met Jennifer when she came to the agency to get help paying a utility bill. She wants to give back when she can because she knows her situation is only temporary. She has gathered the clothing Isaac has outgrown and given it back to Heart and Hand to help other families.

To help Jennifer and other needy families like her, consider making a donation to Gazette-Mail Charities. Heart and Hand is one of the local agencies Gazette-Mail Charities supports. Donations made to Gazette-Mail Charities' holiday fund drive go to places like Heart and Hand, which then put the money to good use helping the needy in our community.

To give, fill out the donation coupon in today's newspaper and send it with your check, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities. To give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo. Donations are tax deductible. Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Neediest Cases: Single mom with terminal cancer tries to provide for sons http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129701 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129701 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:19:59 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

After one woman's husband died from a heart attack two years ago, life became harder. Her two young boys lost their father, and she now had to play both parental roles.

She took every step to make sure they could have the best life as possible. She worked two jobs to make ends meet. She would spend as much time with her sons as she could.

She didn't know that she would soon be diagnosed with cancer. She was heartbroken when she found out the cancer was terminal.

Now the 33-year-old mother is going through her second round of chemotherapy, and trying to stay as strong as possible for her sons, now 15 and 13.

"She's a very dedicated and loving mother," her caseworker said. "They mean everything to her. They're her life."

She doesn't know how many years she has left to live. She's currently responding well to treatments, but she knows it may not last. She will likely spend the rest of her life in doctors' offices. She continues to fight for her sons.

The caseworker says the mom tries to keep a smile on her face, but the boys are nervous. Both are good students who want to attend college. They talk to the caseworker often about the future. They're afraid that their mom will not live to see them grow up, but they want what is best for her always.

"They already lost their dad," the caseworker said. "They don't want to lose their mom."

In order to go to her treatments and doctors' appointments, she had to quit one of her jobs. Her current job only pays minimum wage, and it's hard for her to make ends meet.

Recently the family's dryer broke, and she has had to drive back and forth to a laundromat. The costs are adding up on their already tight budget.

The caseworker says a new dryer would help the family have a sense of normalcy during this difficult time.

He said that as her sons grow up, they also need new clothing.

"She's not asking for much. She just wants to provide for her boys."

Needs: $260 for an electric dryer, $300 for clothing

Cases published in the Gazette-Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal have been verified by approved social service agencies.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Children's Home Society helps children find safe homes http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129733 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129733 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports

Joseph and Betty have stepped up to give the best care possible to their young granddaughters after their parents recently died of drug overdoses.

Although the grandparents, who are in their 60s, are doing they best they can on a limited income, their caseworker at the Children's Home Society of West Virginia said the young girls are in need of warm, winter clothing.

Relying solely on Social Security and the help of their church family, the two are working hard to provide for their 2- and 4-year-old granddaughters amid the devastating loss of their parents.

The girls were placed with their grandparents eight months ago, following the deaths of their parents. Since then, Joseph and Betty have been working endlessly to care for them, the caseworker said.

"[They] never expected to be raising their grandchildren, but are thrilled to have them in their home," the caseworker said. "[They] have struggled greatly at the loss of their son and his wife and cannot understand the circumstances surrounding their deaths. They only want what is best for their granddaughters and they want to give them a good start in life."

The Children's Home Society of West Virginia is a private, nonprofit child welfare organization that was founded in 1896. Each year, the organization serves thousands of children and families, like Joseph and Betty, throughout the state.

The Children's Home Society provides child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services at 13 primary locations and shelters throughout West Virginia. Some of the society's programs include adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.

Last year the organization reached more than 14,600 children across the state, according to Chris Freeman, the society's director of communications. On any given night, Freeman said, the organization's shelters for youths in crisis are near or at capacity - with an average of 100 children in the shelters each night.

The Children's Home Society is able to provide assistance to the families it serves and beyond through the community's generosity, and is one of the charitable agencies supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities Christmas Fund.

"We're able to - with all of the help from the community - help the kids we serve and those who truly need help throughout the community," Freeman said.

To give, see the donation coupon at left or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

All donations to Gazette-Mail Charities are tax-deductible To donate online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Children's Home Society aids children, families http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129745 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161125/GZ0104/161129745 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports Joseph and Betty have stepped up to give the best care possible to their young granddaughters after their parents recently died of drug overdoses.

Although the grandparents, who are in their 60s, are doing they best they can on a limited income, their caseworker at the Children's Home Society of West Virginia said the young girls are in need of warm, winter clothing.

Relying solely on social security and the help of their church family, the two are working hard to provide for their 2- and 4-year-old granddaughters amid the devastating loss of their parents.

The girls were placed with their grandparents eight months ago, following the deaths of their parents. Since then, Joseph and Betty have been working endlessly to care for them, the caseworker said.

"[They] never expected to be raising their grandchildren, but are thrilled to have them in their home," the caseworker said. "[They] have struggled greatly at the loss of their son and his wife and cannot understand the circumstances surrounding their deaths. They only want what is best for their granddaughters and they want to give them a good start in life."

The Children's Home Society of West Virginia is a private, nonprofit child welfare organization that was founded in 1896. Each year, the organization serves thousands of children and families, like Joseph and Betty, throughout the state.

The Children's Home Society provides child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services at 13 primary locations and shelters throughout West Virginia. Some of the society's programs include adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.

Last year the organization reached more than 14,600 children across the state, according to Chris Freeman, the society's director of communications. On any given night, Freeman said, the organization's shelters for youths in crisis are near or at capacity - with an average of 100 children in the shelters each night.

The Children's Home Society is able to provide assistance to the families it serves and beyond through the community's generosity, and is one of the charitable agencies supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities Christmas Fund.

"We're able to - with all of the help from the community - help the kids we serve and those who truly need help throughout the community," Freeman said.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

All donations to Gazette-Mail Charities are tax-deductible To donate online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Neediest Cases: Single mom who lost job following June flood seeks help insulating home http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161124/GZ0104/161129816 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161124/GZ0104/161129816 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports Once again, the Charleston Gazette-Mail is asking its readers to lend their assistance to help people in our area during the holiday season.

Over the past several decades, the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal and the Charleston Gazette's Christmas Fund have raised millions of dollars and distributed that money to needy people and the agencies who help them.

For the first time, those two efforts were combined last year under Gazette-Mail Charities, and our generous readers contributed nearly $160,000.

Let's try to meet or exceed that goal this year.

Once again, the Gazette-Mail stories featured this holiday season will alternate between the traditional formats for the Neediest Cases (helping people with needs that aren't usually met by current social service agencies) and the Christmas Fund (helping the agencies that serve so many of our less-fortunate residents).

No gift is too small, but please don't wait. Christmas is just a month and a day away.

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The Bob Evans restaurant in Elkview closing after the June flood impacted more than just the company.

One of the approximately 40 workers laid off from the restaurant is a single mother of two, struggling to provide a safe and warm home for her children.

The family's home has no insulation, which will make comfortable living during the winter months difficult, a caseworker said.

The floors in the home are notably damaged because of the roof leaking. Although the woman was able to repair her roof, she does not have adequate funds to pay to fix the rest of the damage.

The situation has been difficult, and the damage makes certain areas of the house unsafe for the children to play in, -- the living room, in particular, the caseworker said.

The family also does not have a washing machine in the home, making a trip to the laundromat the only option for clean clothes.

However, the cost of the trips can add up for someone with a limited income. The woman makes $97 a week in unemployment benefits.

Whenever the mother is in a pinch and cannot afford to use the laundromat, she will go to her parents' home to wash clothes. But it's not an easy decision for her.

"She doesn't like to do that because she says it creates an additional hardship on her parents," the caseworker said.

The caseworker said the home has been in desperate need of repairs and any help for the family would be appreciated. The family also does not have a smoke alarm in the home and could use one, the caseworker added.

Needs: $500 for insulation, plywood and floor covering, $400 for a washing machine

Cases published in the Gazette-Mail's Neediest Cases Appeal have been verified by approved social service agencies.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

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Camp fund raises nearly $30,000 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160623/GZ010402/160629751 GZ010402 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160623/GZ010402/160629751 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:46:00 -0500 Gazette-Mail readers have helped the Gazette-Mail Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund raise nearly $30,000 to send kids to camp this summer.

The reader donations will go to the area camps sponsored by Gazette-Mail Charities, which will, in turn, use the funds to help defray the cost of attending camp for those children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Now in its 20th year, the fund has helped send more than 10,000 kids to summer camp.

On behalf of all the children helped, Gazette-Mail Charities thanks its generous donors for another successful fund drive.

If you meant to donate, but didn't get around to it, you can always send a check made out to Gazette-Mail Charities, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301, and your donation will be applied to a future fund drive.

Here is a list of the most recent donors, followed by a list of all of this year's givers:

Mr. Artwalk, $100

Terry L. Johnson, in memory of Ruth and Bob Johnson, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rick Williams, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Chilton "Chic" Roberts Jr., $300

Anonymous, in honor of the U.S. Military, $100

Our Gang Haircare, $150

Eddie and Sharon Carden, in honor of men and women in uniform, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Jeannie Schneiter, $100

Anonymous, in honor of my children, $25

Anonymous, in memory of our mothers, Thelma and Virginia, $200

Alan and Carol Kuhlman, $50

Tom and Debbie Dean, $50

Leslie N. Johnson, $100

Sam and Melinda Sutton, $50

Anonymous, in memory of May Ellen Wilson, $100

Anonymous, in honor of columnist Leonard Pitts, for his condemnation of bullying tactics by Trump and Sanders supporters, $15

Nina Peyton, in honor of Betty Chilton, $500

George G. Guthrie, in honor of I.N. Smith Jr., $200

H. Alan and Ruth Spradling, in memory of Kelly Spradling Simmons, $100

Mary Anne Michael, $100

Ed and Connie Hillenbrand, in memory of Betty Wise, $50

Joanna Osborne, $50

Scott and Tina Walsh, $50

Mary Beard, $25

Joshua and Anne Ten Eyck Carroll, $100

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James Haught, $200

Anonymous, in honor of our troops, $20

Olivia Singleton, in memory of Ray, $100

Florian F. Ceperley, $50

Doug and Bonnie Fisher, $100

Marie Oxley, in memory of Bill Oxley, $100

Louise Wiseman, in honor of my son Werner, $50

Earle and Barbara Brown, in memory of Laura Thomason, $300

Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary Ammar, $100

Luther G. Daniel, in honor of Mr. Samuel F. Daniel, $100

Larry Schneider and Helen Chilton, $200

Juanita Ong, in memory of family, $50

Rich and Wilma Naseef, in honor of William and Charlie, $100

Barbara G. Givens, in memory of my husband, James Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Harold R. Fix, $100

Anonymous, in memory and honor of Jesus Christ, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Virginia B. Myers, $50

Mildred F. Rector, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Winifred and Betty, $100

Patrick J. Miller, in memory of Tara, $25

Sue and Ed Baldwin, in honor of Madison, Jaxson and Maddox, $30

Steve Ledahawsky, $150

Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100

Rocky Calabrese, in honor of my sons and daughters, $50

Anonymous, in memory of John C. Steven, $150

Anonymous, in honor of John Hagan, $1,000

Linda L. Bailey, in memory of Richard Bailey, $20

Mark and Ellie Schaul, $100

Norma Parker, in memory of Kenneth E. Parker, $100

Jack Fellure, $25

Steve and Sheila Snodgrass, $100

Randy Curtis, $100

Mrs. F. C. Frostick, $100

Mary E. Stanley, in honor of Abigail and Lydia, $200

Anonymous, in honor of family, $100

Kay Fannin, in memory of Zella Bowman, $75

Anonymous, in honor of Mayford Witt, $100

Sharon Chambers, in memory of Frank Chambers, $50

Martha S. Ammon, $25

James Wilmoth, $50

Elizabeth E. Chilton, in memory and in honor of members of my family, $500

Jeanette Alexander, in memory of John H. Alexander, $50

Asa Holcomb, in memory of Vicky Lynn Holcomb, $25

Joel Metz, $20

Anonymous, in honor of remembering the fun at Carbide Camps, $100

Susan B. Orders, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Rose Marie Fratino, in memory of my husband, $50

Janet Durbin, in memory of Loretta McCray, $20

Martin Wayne Eich, in memory of Carol Crumrine Eich, $100

Marion Baer, in memory of Frank Baer II, $100

Anonymous, in honor of NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Helen, $150

Barbara R. Lantz, in memory of Cliff, $50

Harry Hunter, in memory of Hershel "Doc" Hunter, $50

Dr. William L. Harris, MD, in honor of my twin brother Robert, a CAMC Cancer Center survivor, $200

Rosaline V. Rowe, $25

Daisy Bennett, $25

Mitzi Orcutt, in memory of Aubrey Orcutt, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Gaia, my cat, $50

Anonymous, in honor of the Weavers, $600

Barbara Murray, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Grace Bartlett, Will Cooke, Matt Poffenbarger and Collett Smith, $100

Fay Jack, in memory of Kenny Jack, $25

Stuart L. Smith, in memory of Carol McHugh Cole, $100

Craig and Sue Selby, $250

Barton and Julie Weese, in honor of all deserving children, $50

Dolores M. Smith, $40

Fred Ferri, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Dave Ong, $200

Rebecca Klemm, in honor of all military, veterans, police, firefighters and EMT's, $100

Kermit M. Parker, $15

Anonymous, in memory of Mildred Hirst and Lelia Landers, $100

John and Kate Owen, $150

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Freda Mae Kinder, $100

Barbara Beury McCallum, in memory of Lawton H. Beury, $100

Chew Chew, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Nell Smith and Barbara Thaxton, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Mary Jean Davis, $50

Carol Mathis, in memory of my mother, Freda Mae Kinder, $100

Betty Lashley, in memory of Phillip Wolford, $50

Mr. and Mrs. AJ Selario, in memory of family members, $100

Linda T. Troutman, $100

Nancy Byard, in memory of Ruth Seacrist, $100

David Costelli, $25

Ann Moody-Calwell, $200

Andrew and Kara Garibian, in memory of J. Michael Summerfield, $25

Bill and Pam Harvit, in memory of Harold Harvit and Ruth Pugh, $1,000

Ann Brotherton, in memory of William Brotherton Jr., $100

The Baileys, in memory of Phyllis Bailey, $50

Robert Spears, $100

Flora Francis, in memory of Bud Francis, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Jean Vealey, $100

Larry Levak, $100

Karen Scherr, in memory of Basil Mullens, $25

Mary Mullens, in memory of Basil Mullens, $15

William L. Duvall, $100

Donna L. Brace, in memory of Kacy Hemli, $25

Children of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church, $75

Anonymous, in memory of Ed, Polly and Quinnie, $200

Nelson N. Spencer, in memory of Marie, $100

William Haas, $25

Jim and Doris Smith, $150

Anonymous, in memory of Bill Herscher, $40

Rose T. Christian, in memory of my daughter and husband, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Bernie Connelly, $100

John and Nancy Brallier, $100

Bobby F. Lipscomb, $25

Connie Stewart, in honor of Will, Clyde, Drew and Jake, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Harry White, $30

Rob Byers and Tara Tuckwiller, $100

Carole Berger, in memory of C.W. and A.G. Beverage, $50

Carole Berger, in memory of Harry and Mary Jane Berger, $50

Brad and Karen McElhinny, $100

Sally M. Love, in honor of my grandchildren, $200

Carol P. Folden, in memory of my beloved husband, Coach Jay Folden, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Bob and Mary Alice for many years of summer camp, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Mary Sellinger, $75

Sadie Ashworth, in memory of family, $25

Bettie and Linda Powers, in memory of Lancelot N. Powers, $100

Eleanor L. Byrnes, in memory of Charles Carte, $50

Lisa McCracken, in memory of Girl Scout Camps Wheelgate and Anne Bailey, $100

Pete and Sally Slicer, $500

Barb Gessner, in memory of Pat Doumaux, $50

Frances G. Hutton, in memory of Bill Goldsmith, $100

Frank and Sally Snyder, in memory of Elizabeth Wansley, $50

Mary Corner, in memory of Raymond White Jr., $50

Maggie Hennessy, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Dr. Cathy Cook Sepko, $25

Karen Townsend, in memory of Robert (Mr. Bob) Dillon, $100

Anspach Law, $200

Dr. Daniel W. Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary Porter Taylor, $100

Tom and Kay Poole, in honor of the campers, $100

Marian F. Hanna, $35

Elizabeth P. Kenna, in memory of Shirley Moses, $50

Steve and Amy Golden, $200
M. Kelly, in memory of Donald E. Foster, $50

Mary E. Pennington, $100

Molly Gaines, in memory of my husband and daughter, $100

Send a Child to Camp Fund Bake Sale, $140

Paul and Diane Wallace, $200

Carla McClure, in memory of Timothy Wayne Carr, $50

Richard Miller, in memory of Harold E. Lanham, $500

Park Chapman, $50

LaRee Naviaux and Frank D'Abreo, in memory of our parents, $200

Truist, $36

Jay and Camille Arceneaux, in honor of Michelle Arcenaux Proops, $200

Torchbearer Epsilon-Beta Sigma Phi, in memory of Agatha Worley, $125

Jack and Joy Rossi, in memory of our parents, $100

Charles Bockway, in memory of Mildred Miller Bockway, $200

Larry Rowe and Julia Beury, in memory of Norman Jordan, $25

Fred R. Dessinger, MSGT USMCR, in memory of Michael Marshall, $100

Jay and Karen Wilde, in honor of Camp Horseshoe, $50

Richard and Susan Genther, $50

Barbara Givens, in memory of my son, Jim Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rush and Ruby Butcher and in honor of Ida Mae Hypes, $75

Jan Barton, in memory of Mary Lib Groff, $100

Ray Londeree, in memory of Jan Caye Londeree, $100

Richard and Cheri Bever, $100

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baier, in honor of our great grandson, Chase, $100

Louise Brotherton, in memory of Hardin Brotherton, $100

Joe and Faye Guilfoile, $100

Luci Bachman Miller, in memory of my husband, Cliff "Corky" Miller, $50

Barbara Morton, $25

Julia A. Morton, $20

Anonymous, in memory of our sons, Ron and Steve, $500

Carolyn Morris, in honor of my grandchildren who are blessed they can go to any camp they choose, $20

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of our son, Kenny Durbin, $25

Patricia S. Nelson, $100

Annette R. Ferrell, in honor of all children, $100

Anonymous, in memory of "Papa" James E. Hackett, $20

Betty Caplan, $50

Myrtle O'Dell, in memory of John O'Dell, $50

Aliene Lee, in memory of Mrs. Trudie Pates, $25

Jerry and Penny Swan, in honor of our grandchildren, $100

Jack Goldfarb, $25

Elaine Lett, $50

Mary and Gladys Howard, in loving memory of Nick and Rose and two sisters, $100

Mary and Gladys Howard, in memory of sadly missed George N. Howard, $100

Mary Harden, in memory of mom, dad and Steve, $100

Anonymous from Gigi in honor of Ryan, Ava and Lily, $50

Peter Costello, $75

Anonymous (combined), $7,315

Grand total, $29,776

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Fund to send kids to camp exceeds $25K; still time to give http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160609/GZ0104/160609512 GZ0104 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160609/GZ0104/160609512 Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:54:51 -0500 Donors to the Gazette Charities Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund really stepped up this week, giving more than $6,800.

That brings the overall total for the 2016 fund drive to more than $25,700.

Money raised by the fund goes to pay camp tuition costs for kids whose families would like to send them to summer camp, but are having trouble fitting the cost into their budget.

Although camp season is upon us, there's still time to give.

To donate, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail.com and click on Gazette-Mail Charities under the News button.

Here's a list of this week's generous donors:

Anonymous, in honor of Dr. Cathy Cook Sepko, $25

Karen Townsend, in memory of Robert (Mr. Bob) Dillon, $100

Anspach Law, $200

Dr. Daniel W. Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary Porter Taylor, $100

Tom and Kay Poole, in honor of the campers, $100

Marian F. Hanna, $35

Elizabeth P. Kenna, in memory of Shirley Moses, $50

Steve and Amy Golden, $200

M. Kelly, in memory of Donald E. Foster, $50

Mary E. Pennington, $100

Molly Gaines, in memory of my husband and daughter, $100

Send-a-Child-to-Camp Fund Bake Sale, $140

Paul and Diane Wallace, $200

Carla McClure, in memory of Timothy Wayne Carr, $50

Richard Miller, in memory of Harold E. Lanham, $500

Park Chapman, $50

LaRee Naviaux and Frank D'Abreo, in memory of our parents, $200

Truist, $36

Jay and Camille Arceneaux, in honor of Michelle Arcenaux Proops, $200

Torchbearer Epsilon-Beta Sigma Phi, in memory of Agatha Worley, $125

Jack and Joy Rossi, in memory of our parents, $100

Charles Bockway, in memory of Mildred Miller Bockway, $200

Larry Rowe and Julia Beury, in memory of Norman Jordan, $25

Fred R. Dessinger, MSGT USMCR, in memory of Michael Marshall, $100

Jay and Karen Wilde, in honor of Camp Horseshoe, $50

Richard and Susan Genther, $50

Barbara Givens, in memory of my son, Jim Givens, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Rush and Ruby Butcher and in honor of Ida Mae Hypes, $75

Jan Barton, in memory of Mary Lib Groff, $100

Ray Londeree, in memory of Jan Caye Londeree, $100

Richard and Cheri Bever, $100

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baier, in honor of our great grandson, Chase, $100

Louise Brotherton, in memory of Hardin Brotherton, $100

Joe and Faye Guilfoile, $100

Luci Bachman Miller, in memory of my husband, Cliff "Corky" Miller, $50

Barbara Morton, $25

Julia A. Morton, $20

Anonymous, in memory of our sons, Ron and Steve, $500

Carolyn Morris, in honor of my grandchildren who are blessed they can go to any camp they choose, $20

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of our son, Kenny Durbin, $25

Patricia S. Nelson, $100

Annette R. Ferrell, in honor of all children, $100

Anonymous, in memory of "Papa" James E. Hackett, $20

Betty Caplan, $50

Myrtle O'Dell, in memory of John O'Dell, $50

Aliene Lee, in memory of Mrs. Trudie Pates, $25

Jerry and Penny Swan, in honor of our grandchildren, $100

Jack Goldfarb, $25

Elaine Lett, $50

Mary and Gladys Howard, in loving memory of Nick and Rose and two sisters, $100

Mary and Gladys Howard, in memory of sadly missed George N. Howard, $100

Mary Harden, in memory of mom, dad and Steve, $100

Anonymous from Gigi in honor of Ryan, Ava and Lily, $50

Peter Costello, $75

Anonymous (combined): $1,430

Weekly total: $6,826

Grand total (so far): $25,706

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