www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette-Mail Charities http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Gazette-Mail Charities: Thank you to our donors http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160101/GZ01/160109951 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160101/GZ01/160109951 Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:02:50 -0500 Many of our area's neediest families will receive help, thanks to generous readers who have given to our combined Gazette-Mail Charities effort.

Gazette-Mail Charities, which combined the Gazette's Christmas Fund and the Daily Mail's Neediest Cases, has raised more than $154,000 to aid the less fortunate through the work of several local help agencies.

"I appreciate your efforts in shedding light on these people and charities and doing your monumental, selfless efforts to help them," one reader commented in a letter accompanying her donation. "These are heart-wrenching stories. I only wish I could give more."

Another donor wrote, "Thanks for all you do for those who need a hand."

If you meant to give to the fund but haven't yet, please know that there's still time. Look for the donation coupon in today's paper or go online to wv gazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo. Donations are tax-deductible.

To all of this year's givers, on behalf of those who will be helped, please accept our sincerest thank you.

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

James O. Strother, in memory of Buhrl and Lucille Strother, Marge and John Johnson and Jane Strother and in honor of Ellen and Reagan Strother, Josh, Erica, Olivia and Ike Strother, Amber Biel, Chris, Rachel, Nick and Mattie Nelson, Eric and Marcie Gobel, Curtis Gobel and Billie Prather, $350

Richard and Katrina Rawlings, in memory of Geneva Bird, $1,000

Carrie Howell, in memory of Joanne Auman and Marion Cottrell, $50

Billie J. Smith, in memory of Bill and Betty Wilson, $300

Joyce Madden, in honor of Cecil and Marie Cobb, $100

Greg Rayhill, in memory of Clement E. Rayhill, $100

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

Stefan Mierau, in memory of Paul Johnson, $50

John Akers, in memory of Carl "Red" Akers, $100

Steve and Lisa Cassis, in memory of Paul L. Cassis and Cledith N. Keeney, $150

Peter Costello, $75

Anonymous, in memory of my mom and dad, $20

Anonymous, in honor of the combining of the Gazette and Daily Mail charities into a single organization, $15

Ed and Peggy King, in memory of Tom Williams, $100

Nahum O. Balser, $100

Janet Balser, $50

Robin Loy, in memory of Sandra Woodson, $50

Anonymous, in memory of "Abe" Phillips, $100

Howard Young, in memory of Daniel B. Young, $100

Ronald and Linda Rowley, in memory of our loving son Kent J. Rowley, $500

Daniel and Mary Kerns, $500

Dingess-Rum Properties, Inc., $250

Doug and Rhonda Moffitt, in memory of Harriett Burford, $200

C&L Construction Company, Inc., in memory of Frank and Connie Moffitt, $200

Wesley and Marilyn Burns, in honor of the Burns family, $35

Steve and Jeanne Grubb, $100

Betty Liming, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Pat and Bertha, $100

Sarlyn V. Davis, in memory of John and Dorothy Davis, $200

Gerald K. Ryan, in memory of my son, Mark Ryan, who had diabetes for 36 years, $100

William and Brenda Kay Casto, $250

Jim and Phyllis Arnold, $250

Patricia S. Nelson, $100

Butch Leadman, in memory of Bill Leadman, $20

Linda Cruickshank, in memory of my parents, Troy and Glyda Matthews, $50

Rex and Mary Kern, in memory of Jimmy Reishman, $50

Ruth L. Schultz, $25

Lisa McCracken, in memory of my loving parents, $100

Mary Grishaber, in memory of my daughter and husband, $100

Carter Blundon, in honor of the new Gazette-Mail, $100

Tony Sade and Holly Cloonan, $200

Ghee and Terry Gossard, in honor of our family, $50

Eva J. Scott, $100

Jean O'Connor, in memory of Maury Reishman, $100

Mary Jo Hansen, in memory of mom, $1,000

Anonymous, in memory of June and Dora Harman, $100

Norma Gwinn, in honor of Cheri, Bobby, Brandon, Liz and Greg, $200

Bill and Denise Harper, $200

Larry and Elizabeth Bird, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Addie Elswick and Dorothy Jarrett, $100

Bill and Faith Bragg, in memory and honor of our parents, $100

Stanley E. Kenney, in memory of Margaret Kenney, $100

Bowles Rice Technology Group, $200

Robert and Marlene Skeens, in memory of Tony Robert Skeens, $100

Bobby F. Lipscomb, $25

Winfield Lions Club, $100

Frances Simone, in memory of Terry Blackwood, $50

Mary Leslie Morton, in memory of Dr. John B. Morton, Teresa O'Connor, Dr. Robert O'Connor and William A. Morton, $50

Barbara Morton, $50

Julia Morton, $50

John and Mary Fischer, $50

J. Robert Eccles, $50

Anne Lane, in memory of Jim Lane, M.D., $100

Jill Todd, in memory of Charlton and Elaine Osborne, $200

A.C. Chapman, $25

Cochran Charitable Gift Fund, in memory of Dr. Robert C. Cochran, $250

Karen Huckeby, in memory of Kathryn Bayless Amburgey, $50

Karen Huckeby, in memory of Ronald K. Bayless, $25

Anonymous, in honor of Travis and his kids, $100

Anonymous, in memory of my best friend and fishing pal Kenneth R. Hess, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Mousie and Bonita, $100

Samuel T. Young, $25

Albert and Virginia Leonoro, $200

John B. and Lynne F. Gianola, in memory of the Gianola and Fulton families, $300

Martin and Robin Klapproth, in memory of Nicholas and Rose, $100

Brad and Karen McElhinny, in memory of Bob Kelly, Jody Jividen and Mike Cherry, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Jim Fleishman, Esq., $200

Leslie N. Johnson, $150

West Virginia American Baptist Women, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Billie L. Hanna, $50

Ed and Debbie Fischer, in memory of Leroy, Jean, Al, Myrtle and Janet, $125

Anonymous, in memory of Mary Speidel and Grace Ivey, $100

Raymond and Mary Jo Carr, $100

Anonymous (combined) total, $9,999

Week Five total: $22,614

Grand total (so far): $154,042.25

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Still time for post-Christmas giving http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151225/GZ01/151229685 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151225/GZ01/151229685 Fri, 25 Dec 2015 15:00:39 -0500 Previously recorded: 100,002.25

Recorded this week: $31,426

Total so far this year: $131,428.25

2014's total to date: $155,173.16

If you've enjoyed a Christmas of blessings, it's not too late to keep on giving.

Generous readers have continued to contribute to the Gazette-Mail Charities fund. This past week, the charity accumulated more than $31,000.

That brings the total to more than $131,000, an amount that will help area social services agencies assist the less fortunate in the coming year.

That's still behind last year's combined total raised by The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail. Fortunately, there's still time to give.

Another big week of giving would help our social services agencies help even more of those in need. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

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

Thank you to this week's givers:

Peter Love, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Love, III, $300

Flora Francis, in memory of Bud Francis, $50

Emily Duke, in honor of my parents, Larry and LaMarr Myers for their 48th anniversary, $25

Emily Duke, in memory of Ken and Nadine Myers, $25

Emily Duke, in memory of Paris and Mildred Stephens, $50

Carla McClure, in memory of Timothy Wayne Carr, $100

Carla McClure, in honor of Prachee Devadas, $50

Nancy Vilain, in honor of Charlie and Oretta Keeney's 50th wedding anniversary, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Jody Jividen and Mike Cherry, $100

Lindsay Williams, in memory of Reva Williams, $10

David Lieving, in memory of Roberta Lieving, $200

Jeffrey Rohal, in honor of Jim and Patty Hill, $100

Leah Lewis, in memory of James D. Dallmeyer, $100

W. Warren Upton, $100

Rob Byers and Tara Tuckwiller, $100

Jack Rogers, in memory of Annie Catherine Delp Rogers and Hugh Henry Rogers and to glory of God, $2,000

Robert L. Smith II, $50

Tom L. Horn, Jr., $100

Robert C. Koleske, in honor of Candice Jarrell, $100

Becky James, in memory of Harmon and Ruthie, $100

David H. Stalnaker, $250

Anonymous, in memory of Geo. Y. Anderson III, $30

Richard S. Trenbath, $100

Nick and Julia Shalhoup, $150

Ruth Lemmon, in memory of James F. Love III, $250

Debbie Meloni, in memory of Ted A. Meloni, $100

Anonymous, in memory of The Charleston Daily Mail, $1,000

Lucille Witt, in memory of Barbara Witt and Deborah Witt, $50

Lucille Witt, in memory of Amos Witt, Oscar and Edna Witt and Marvin and Vay Casto, $75

Gary E. Hudson, in memory of Tug and Blanche Hudson, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Jerry A. Carpenter, $25

Anonymous, in memory of my daughter, Lisa, $100

Anonymous, in memory of A&S Corey, $300

John and Gladys Moran, $125

Elsa L. Morris, in memory of my husband Fred, $100

Glen and Kathy Vogelaar, in memory of Grace and Karma, $100

Sara Green, in memory of Barry Green and Lisa Green, $100

Sandra K. Lee, $500

Shirley Rosenthal, $20

Dave Ritchey, $300

J. Mark and Theresa J. McCormick, in memory of Cecil and Ruby Kidd, $100

Vernia Pritchard, in memory of Howard, Charlie, Susie and Betty, $50

Brad and Donna, in memory of our mothers, Marjorie Lane and Phyllis Gray, $20

Santalee Williams, in memory of my sisters, Mary, Lucia and Theresa, $50

Frank and Sally Snyder, in memory of Robert Shoun, $50

Ed and Mary Jane Williams, $25

Harlan Wilson, Jr., $50

Bruce and Nancy Legg, $50

PB & J, $200

Anonymous, in honor of our parents in Fairmont, $50

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Jeffrey, in honor of all God's children, $50

Frank and Pat McIntire, in honor of the Salvation Army for all the good things they do year-round, $200

Karen Arnett, in memory of Dad, Gram and Ruth, $100

Jim and Shirley Schneider, in memory of Mae Webb, $100

Zoe Matics, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Ervin Alperin and Sam Rubin, $100

Roberta M. Spence, in memory of Cecil M. Spence, $100

Jim Bass, in memory of Abbie, $100

Albert and Irene Goff, $350

Kim Guilfoile, in honor of Faye and Joe Guilfoile's 50th anniversary, $250

George Ann Grubb and Carrie Samuels, in memory of Ruth Grubb and Zayden Samuels, $50

Louie and Betty Hutchinson, in honor of our family, $25

Anonymous, in memory of my mother, Kathryn White, $25

Bob and Marlene Greenleaf, in memory of Mary Pullen, $50

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

Dauree E. Coleman, in memory of James R. Coleman, Sr., James R. Coleman, Jr. and Kevin R. Coleman, $50

Anonymous, in memory of deceased parents, $500

Steve and Katha Morris, in honor of Jesus Christ, $50

Susan Orders, in memory of Bob Orders, $100

Howard and Mary Lou McJunkin, $1,000

Betty Renstrom, in memory of Gordon Renstrom, $50

Rob and Joyce Davis, in honor of Christ, $20

Bill and Connie Fryer, $50

Charlene Huddleston, in honor of John L. Huddleston, $25

Pat Blankenship, in honor of Jackson and Colton Blankenship, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Dennis C. Brillhart, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Charles and Wesley, $100

Karen S. Dixon, in memory of Paul L. Dixon, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Nellie Fair, Aunt Evelyn and Dave Mason, $150

Anonymous, in memory of my mother, $20

Painting Friends, $65

Charles Hartwell and Betty Curry, in memory of Gene Curry and Iva Hartwell, $200

Steve and Janet Drake, in memory of Everett and Marie Reynolds, $100

Gerald K. Ryan, in memory of Mark Ryan, $100

John and Maxine Gillispie, in memory of Douglas and in honor of Steve and Lisa, $100

Gary Nease, in memory of Betty Nease, $25

Marjorie A. Clarkson, $50

Thomas A. Galya, in memory of Bucklew and Galya families, $20

Mary A. Dattilo, $200

Jack and Kathy Buck, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Papa Joe, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Papa Joe, $100

Gina Namay, in memory of Catherine Zakaib Ioannou and George Risk, $100

Charles Woodrum, in memory of C.E. and Mimi Woodrum, $100

Jim Kirksey, in honor of military families, $100

Robert Ellis, in honor of Ernie Ellis, $200

George Harris, $150

Jeff and Susan Stewart, in honor of our children, Will and Clyde, $100

CHAMR, $500

Sarah Anderson, in memory of my friend Toby Buel, $20

Jo Retta Hunter, in memory of Edsel Davis, $500

Mary Anne Michael, $100

Sharon Powers, in honor of the lady that needed beds for her kids, $350

Joe and Faye Guilfoile, $150

Elsie Carter, $500

Anonymous, in memory of Lt. Col. Rick Walker, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Eddie and Mary K. Schulz, $25

Larry Rowe and Julia Beury, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Melody, Michelle, Whitney, Lacy and Luke, $50

Aidan, Jack, Shannon and Elizabeth (Scharman) Rogers, $200

Carol C. Velasquez, in memory of Rose and Paul Campbell, $150

Deborah Coleman, in memory of James, James Jr. and Kevin Coleman, $50

Employees of Brylee's and Brianna's, $25

Sara Kell, in memory of Donald Lee Dolin, $100

Deborah Harmon, in memory of Jayne Shamblin, $25

Anonymous, in memory of caring parents, $100

Rick and Brenda Ellis, in memory of S.H. (Red) and Hazel Craig, $100

William B. Horn, in memory of Sara Gene Horn, $500

Richard Bever, in honor of Cheri and Richard Bever, $100

Travis Milam, in memory of Nancy Robinette, still missing our Thursday outings, $50

Travis Milam, in memory of Bruce Milam, my dad and #1 Cleveland Browns fan, $50

Vonnie Clay, in honor of armed services who give it all, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Nell Mollohan, $30

Larry and Mary Rollins, in memory of Jerry E. Guy, $50

Austin, Nellie and William Mitchell, in memory of James "Doc" Mitchell, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Darin C. Crow, $500

Tom and Debbie Dean, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Frank Dierkes, $50

Elizabeth Lawton, in memory of Dr. William Lawton, $200

Jay and Camille Arceneaux, $250

Jean Scalf, in memory of Kelly Jo Dodd, $100

Norma Chapman, $25

Sam Miragliotta, in memory of Frances and Rose Miragliotta, $50

Jack and Rebecca Kutil, in memory of Brothers Steve and Frank Hill and in honor of the living saviour of the world, $50

Gannett and Katheryn Monk, in honor of our new niece Winnie, $50

Mel Hoover and Rose Edington, in memory of Gordon Edington and Alfred B. Hoover, $200

Carol Russell, $50

Linda Means, in memory of Wayne Collins, $50

Calvin and Rhodanna Hall, in memory of Calvin N. Hall, Jr. and Marilyn and Merlyn Perdue, $200

Anonymous (combined) total: $14,816

Week Four total: $31,426

Grand total (so far): $131,428.25

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Arthritic woman needs lift chair and meal drinks http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151224/GZ01/151229754 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151224/GZ01/151229754 Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:54:17 -0500 This 90-year-old woman sure could use some holiday cheer.

Nearly crippled with arthritis, she struggles to perform simple daily tasks because of discomfort in her joints.

"She is currently in a lot of pain from arthritis and damage to her body from manual labor," said the woman's caseworker, "and the pain is so severe, she barely has an appetite."

She doesn't eat much, but she does like drinking meal-replacement shakes, like Ensure.

"They help her get all the nutrients she needs," the caseworker said. "She likes drinking them."

The woman doesn't receive much money, though, and the drinks can get expensive.

The caseworker said the woman has worked hard most of her life, caring for others as a nanny and housekeeper, helping others even as she was raising her own children. Now, she could use help of her own.

A store of meal drinks aren't the only thing that would lift the woman's spirits.

"A lift chair would help her with back pain and help herself get up and around the house," the caseworker said.

A lift chair is something the woman is not able to afford on her own. She lives alone and her only source of income is a few hundred dollars in Social Security benefits.

The woman needs $600 for a lift chair and $350 for meal drinks.

Those who wish to help her, and others like her, may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and send a check made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities. To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail.com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax deductible contribution can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Family needs help with trailer repairs after fire http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151223/GZ01/151229794 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151223/GZ01/151229794 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:22:22 -0500 The holiday season without a home just isn't the same. This family of six knows all too well how that feels.

A fire that recently burned their house to the ground has forced the family to move into an old trailer. The grandfather and grandmother, who take care of their four grandchildren, want to rebuild, but had to find a place to stay.

Their bad luck didn't stop with the fire.

"A few weeks ago, the ceiling in the trailer caught fire," the family's caseworker said. "I just don't understand why bad things happen to good people."

The trailer fire destroyed part of the ceiling and much of its insulation.

While temperatures have been unusually warm so far this winter, replacing the insulation and repairing the ceiling is a priority because the trailer gets cold. The trailer's floors, which have rotted, also need to be repaired.

The family members can't afford to do that on their own. They don't have much money and the grandparents' only source of income is from disability and Social Security benefits. They also receive food stamps.

The family needs $750 for insulation and floor boards.

Those who wish to help this family, and others like them, may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and send a check made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities. To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail.com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax deductible contribution can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Father, kids struggle to get by after wife's death http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151222/GZ01/151229856 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151222/GZ01/151229856 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:56:54 -0500 Christmas is going to be tough this year for Travis and his kids.

Travis' wife passed away recently, leaving him with three young children, two of whom have special needs.

He has a job at a local retail store, making a little more than minimum wage. On his days off, he tries to do odd jobs around the community, hoping to make ends meet.

"Travis is very modest and doesn't like asking folks for help," said a caseworker at the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. "[But] Travis finds life to be extra stressful right now."

Travis turned to the Children's Home Society for help because the people there specialize in helping kids in need.

The Children's Home Society is one of the local help agencies supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities holiday fund drive.

Donations from readers go to places like the Children's Home Society, so that Travis and his children can get the clothes, bedding, cookware, etc., they so desperately need.

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

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Husband needs shoes to get back to work http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151221/GZ01/151229911 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151221/GZ01/151229911 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:01:44 -0500 Down on their luck and out of work, a pair of good shoes would help turn this couple's fortunes around.

Their lives have been complicated by a series of illnesses that left the wife unable to work. Things wouldn't be so hard if the husband could work, but he doesn't have a pair of boots, nor can he afford to buy any. The couple does not have an income.

The husband, who is his wife's primary caregiver, wants to find a job soon. Not having a pair of work boots, though, is making it difficult to achieve that goal.

"The shoes he currently has have holes on both sides," the couple's caseworker said. "He can't work in them."

Deteriorating shoes not only makes finding a job difficult, it makes going to and from their mountain home uncomfortable. The couple relies on public transportation to get around and live about a half mile away from the nearest bus line. They have to walk up and down hilly slopes each time they want to leave the house.

Without an income, buying new boots is nearly impossible for the couple. The caseworker said the couple has been unable to find boots that fit the husband's size-12 feet at area clothing outlets.

Not only would a good pair of boots help the husband get a job, it would help him walk the hill to and from the bus line when he and his wife need to leave the house for weekly doctor visits.

The couple needs $100.

Those who wish to help the couple may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and send a check made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities.

To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail.com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax deductible contribution, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities, can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Ailing dad, working mom need help with rent http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151220/GZ01/151229951 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151220/GZ01/151229951 Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:54:06 -0500 Less than a year ago, a young father of three learned that he had diabetes. That was about the same time he also found out he had tumors growing on his spine.

Related health costs sent the family into a downward spiral.

They applied for a rent voucher through the local housing authority, but were denied because of a 10-year-old debt to the authority and an outstanding electric bill.

The mother of the family tried to apply for food stamps, but was told she must have a job to be eligible. She got a job at a fast-food restaurant, and was then told she made too much, and was denied.

They turned to the Salvation Army, one of the local help agencies supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities holiday fund drive.

According to the Salvation Army, "They are now behind on rent, have little money for utilities, let alone Christmas, and Dad is having back surgery again [this month]."

The family needs clothes, and, of course, it would be nice if the kids could get some Christmas presents. Also, funds for paying off their $600 debt to the housing authority would really help with their long-term security.

Donations from readers to Gazette-Mail Charities can become the help that families like this one so desperately need.

Please consider a donation today. Look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper. Or, 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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Gazette-Mail Charities: More giving encouraged during Christmas week http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151218/GZ01/151219499 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151218/GZ01/151219499 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:55:49 -0500 With one week left of publication of our Gazette-Mail Charities stories, we're striving to meet the amount raised by The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail last year.

The total raised so far this year by the combined Gazette-Mail charities is $100,002.25.

At this point last year, the combined total raised by the Gazette and Daily Mail charities was $103,627.24.

So there's a great opportunity to reach last year's final combined total of $193,000 and to do even more good in our community, but we need to pick up the pace of giving.

"So glad you continue this charity as the Gazette-Mail," one giver wrote inside a Christmas card.

Another giver wrote, "Gazette-Mail charities, thank you for this wonderful caring community opportunity. Not only does it permit me a way to honor the memory and lessons of my parents, but it is a reminder of the challenges of living many have in their lives."

The charity has reached its current point thanks to a strong Week 3 response: $68,339.45 total raised just this past week.

The drive gathers donations from readers and puts it into the hands of the people who need it most - and the agencies that work to help them.

With less than a week until Christmas, we hope you'll strongly consider giving, although donations may be accepted after Christmas, too.

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

Thank you to this week's givers:

Drs. Steve and Susie Matulis, MD, $1,000

Kenneth and Anna Bailey, $200

Napier Chapel Sunday School, $500

Brenda O'Neil, in memory of John, Betty, Buck and Evelyn, $100

Brooks and Barbara McCabe, in memory of our parents, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Beulah Arbaugh, $25

Anonymous, in memory of deceased loved ones, $50

Karen Jenkins, in memory of Harold and Anna Bronaugh, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Robbie, $100

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Britton, Jr., in memory of John M. Wilkerson, $500

Donald L. Morris, in memory of my wife, Delphin Morris, $100

Wayne and Flora Conley, $25

John C. and Sonia Richards, $100

William C. Howard, $500

Dr. Sharon L. Istfan, $100

Eloise Boggs, $100

Jack and Carol Bogaczyk, in memory of a former co-worker, Mike Cherry, $50

Jim and Charlotte Huddleston, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Linda and Archie, $1,000

Canaan United Methodist Women, $200

Ron and Ramona Lockwood, in honor of Ernest and Dorothy Woodall's 67th wedding anniversary, $100

Jerry and June Hicks, in memory of Judy King, Barbara Godby and loved ones, $150

Anonymous, in honor of Molly, $100

Jerry and Sue Thomas, in memory of JoAnn Earhart, $100

John S. Baldwin, in memory of JoEllyn Baldwin, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Frank Bukovac, $50

Betty Young, in memory of Keith and Margaret Hanger, $200

Mr. "Artwalk," $100

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

Jim and Ann Nelson, $200

William C. Thomas, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Norris and Elizabeth Smith, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Harry A. Jackson, $100

Curt and Terri Williamson, in memory of mom, Lucille Sullivan, $100

Doug and Bonnie Fisher, $500

Robert and Joan Power, $100

Nancy Hauser, $200

Anonymous, in memory of UBB29 Miners, $29

Richard and Susan Genthner, $100

Georgette Connelly, in memory of Bernie Connelly, $300

Bill and Pat Jarrett, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Bill and Terri Bannister, $150

Sidney Hicks, in memory of Yvonne Hicks, $100

Patricia Shinn, $100

Lois M. Oakes, in memory of Frank Franz, $20

Terry L. Johnson, in memory of Ruth and Bob Johnson, $75

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

Kay Fannin, in honor of Paul Bowman who is my rock, $50

Ann Patterson, in memory of Bud, $100

Joanna Osborne, $50

Mary H. Jackson, in memory of Warren Jackson and Shirley Brown, $100

Anne Rada, in memory of my husband, Edward Rada, $200

Rebecca Harless, in memory of Phyllis Paranzino, $30

Anonymous, in honor of Sarah Ammar, $500

Paul E. and Myrna Parsons, in memory of all of our family members, $100

The Koleske Family, $100

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

Douglas Smith, in honor of Proverbs 19:17, $50

Edith T. Phillips, in memory of Danny Phillips, $100

Margaret Hardesty, in honor of Ainsley and Grant, $400

Suzanne Thornley, in memory of Barbara M. Wright by her daughter and grandchildren, $400

Anonymous, in memory of Angus E. Peyton, $500

George and Jennifer Six, $200

Jim and Nancy DeCarlo, $100

Sandra Myers, in memory of my parents, Bird and Thelma Myers, $50

Frank Ramsey, in memory of my wife, Elaine, $25

Britt and Judy McJunkin, in memory of Mary Kathryn Hamrick Graham, $100

Ernest and Dorothy Woodall, in memory of Ernest Woodall Jr., Ivan and Hazel Woodall and John and Ida Hooper, $100

Pam Kirby, in memory of Eddie Kirby, $100

Mae Ellen Wilson, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Roger E. Kessler and Finley R. Ratliff, $50

Patty Powell, in memory of Jim Powell, $100

Marty and Marsha Weirick, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Andy, $100

Anonymous, in memory of JoAnne Clark, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Betty and Woodrow Paxton, $50

Tod J. Kaufman, in memory of my tennis partner and friend W.E. Chilton III, $100

Sam and Melinda Sutton, $50

Carol A. Lively, in memory of Bernard R. Lively, $250

Leslie N. Johnson, $50

Joyce Andruzis, in memory of my mother, Eleanor Andruzis, $50

Kevin and Judy Whipkey, in memory of Ronald L. Whipkey, $50

B'nai Jacob Synagogue - Rob's Fund, $200

Joe and Therese Cox, $100

Betty Pauley, in memory of Bill Pauley, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Josephine Smith and Archie and Opal St. Clair, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Charles, Pearl and Randy Engle, $250

Anonymous, in memory of Ed, Freda and Emery Priestly, $250

Susan Hope Mundy, $100

Steve and Amy Golden, $200

Kanawha City Lions Club, $1,500

Anonymous, in memory of Benny and Josephine Divita and George and Minnie Lee Thomas, $50

Raymond and Diana Barber, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Brooks and Becky Nichols, $150

Fred and Sandra Casteel, in honor of the Gideons, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Dr. William D. and Doris H. Crigger, $100

Mildred Rector, in memory of Jim Rector, $50

Kathryn Stone, $50

Ed and Sue Baldwin, in memory of Megan Baldwin, $30

Naresh Shah, $25

Kenneth and Anna Bailey, $200

Rob and Judy Yandow, $100

Bill and Noel Hassen, in memory of David Matthew Hassen, $100

Emily E. Jordan, $150

Fraternal Order of Police Associates #4, $250

Carol P. Folden, in memory of my loving husband James D. Folden, Sr., $100

Jo Ann Walker, in memory of my twin sister, Mary Lou Bills, $100

Karen Light, $300

Ed Van Metre, in memory of Momma Mae, $200

Fay Jack, in memory of Kenny Jack, $25

John F. Oakes, in memory of Mayor L.H. Oakes, $100

William and Judy Meadows, in memory of Violet and Sebert Lanham, Katie McKeny and Gloria Jackson, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Guy and Rosemary Schipper, $75

Dr. Byron H. Black, DDS, $325

James B. Dotson, in memory of Kermit and Georgia Dotson, $125

Jack Fellure, $100

Richard and Tammy Owen, in memory of Jean Cyrus Taylor and in honor of her daughter, Tanita Taylor, $75

Daniel Martin, in memory of Clarence and Eva Mae Sydenstricker, $25

Wayne and Martha Coleman, in memory of Jill Miller, Newt Coleman, Megan Harrison and Jennie Marie Walker, $4,000

Anonymous, in memory of Rob Douglas, $1,000

Sandra R. Huff, in memory of Harry C. Huff from his family, $200

Bill and Margie Spence, in honor of Wesley, Cody and Hunter, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Charleston, SC black church members slain by Dylann Roof, $25

Lethia Bumgarner, in honor of Colin and Tyler Lindsay, $100

Anonymous, in memory of G. Thomas Searls, $25

Elizabeth S. Johnson, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Bill Babst, $200

Charles W. Waddill, $40

Anonymous, in honor of Ruth A., Hannah, Doris, Ruth H., Barbara, Marilyn and Carolyn, $28

Gerald Brennan, $100

Ann Moody-Calwell, in honor of Moody World War I Museum, $100

Carolyn Randolph, in memory of Larry Randolph, $1,000

Deborah Conrad, in memory of my parents, $100

Carolyn T. Smith, in honor of Marilyn, Sue, Norma, Barbara, Ruth H., Lee, Cornelia and Ruth A., $50

Anonymous, in memory of Callie Nicole Sergent, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Russell, Ruth and Roy, $1,000

Pyllis J. Ball, $200

Ann C. Darling, in memory of Caroline Hopkins, $100

Bret and Leanna Preston, $100

Jim and Doris Smith, $200

Paul and Raymona Kinneberg, $500

Walter and Marlene Dial, in memory of Jim Hyde, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Elija Kelly, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Don Dolin, $50

Helen Vanness, in memory of Jack T. Vanness, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Johnny Lee Jarrett, $50

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

Anonymous, in memory of our beloved son, Chris, $100

Linda L. Parsons, in memory of Tom Parsons, $25

Earl and Betty Patrick, $50

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Terry, $500

Anonymous, in honor of family and friends, $1,000

Anonymous, in memory of JCM, $50

Glenna Moose, in memory of George Moose, $100

Jane Silverstein, in memory of Philip J. Silverstein, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Jim Parker, $100

Molly Gaines, in memory of my husband and daughter, $200

Robert and Pamela Campe, $40

Elliott and Pam Harvit, in honor and in memory of my family, $1,000

Mary Crookshanks, in memory of Ed Crookshanks, $100

William and Paula Durham, in memory of Paul and Arelene Van Reenan Beverage, $50

William and Paula Durham, in memory of William H. and Anna Hanson Durham, $50

William and Paula Durham, in memory of Sandy Fertig Morris, $25

T. Campbell, in memory of Ron, $100

Scott and Tina Walsh, $50

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

Ruth E. McKean, in memory of Ruth Y. Booth, $200

Bill Weiss, in memory of my wife, Sandy, $250

Greg and Pam Cochran, $200

Anonymous, in memory of George and William Lansdale, $200

Lloyd and Patti McIntyre, $250

Anonymous, in memory of Evangeline Skaff, $500

Susan B. Hufford, in memory of the Rev. Martha Giltinan, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Donald Freeman Nelson, $100

Joe and Margie's Money, $25

Susan H. Pearring, $325

Marina Hendricks and John Heys, in memory of Pat and Jerry Hendricks, $100

Rosemary Steadman, in memory of Ellouise Strosnider and in the name of Jesus, $30

John Spence, in memory of Mike Wright and Brenda Larabee, $300

James Wilmoth, in memory of my parents, $100

Andrew and Kara Garibian, in memory of Patricia J. Fisher and Cheryl Fisher Trivison, $25

Gary Barnette, $42

Skyview Garden Club, $155

William A. Roy, $25

Chuck King, in memory of Scott King and Bob Key, $1,000

James D. Hunter, in memory of Joy Hunter, $40

Harold and Liz Quigley, in memory of Harold and Kathryn Grueser and Shirley Quigley, $300

Ross Neil, in memory of Ken Simons, $50

Vernon and Patricia James, $100

Barbara Negley, $350

LaDonna Wilson-Jennings, in memory of my sister, Darleta Hurt, $50

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

Kathy Williams, in honor of all working mothers and grandmas, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Goshorne, $50

Rudolph Raynes, $100

Donna J. Shaver, in memory of my parents, Don and Vida Shaver, $100

Elizabeth Bobbitt, in memory of Cary, Edna and Harold Bobbitt, $150

Bill and Linda Nehr, in memory of Paul and Mildred Gum, Wilhelminia Nehr, Mary Lou Holmes and Helen Blaine, $25

Rev. and Mrs. Ricardo and Jeannie Flippin, in memory of Mrs. Mary L. Flippin, $25

Michael D. Eakle and Beth Morrison, in honor of all volunteers, $100

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

R.C. Lawrence, $50

Melissa Tackett, in memory of Joan B. Horner, $1

Anonymous, in memory of George C. Scott, $1

Charles Campbell, in memory of Earl and Mary Campbell, $100

Marianne Lane, in memory of Dr. Jim Lane, $100

Ed and Connie Hillenbrand, in memory of Lane and Hillenbrand families, $100

Karen Potesta, in memory of Sharon Wilson, $100

Dr. and Mrs. Curtis and Lucy Withrow, in memory of Coach Jerry Bradley, $200

Anonymous, in honor of someone in need, $20

Jim and Marty Kemplin, in memory of Jay Kemplin, $50

Jewell Haddad, in memory of my husband, Phil Haddad and my daughter, Lesley Meadows, $50

Doris Goldfarb, $50

William and Rose Hensley, in memory of our parents, Earl and Nina Combs and Howard and Hatty Hensley, $100

Alan and Carol Kuhlman, $50

June Miller, in memory my husband and son, $25

Dina Thistlethwaite, in honor of the birth of Christ, $100

Colleen Totten, in honor of Beatrice and Fenton Layne, $50

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

Karen Miesner, in memory of my parents, Hal and Kathleen, $200

The Don Broyles Family, in memory of Calvin and Norma Broyles, Jeane Beasley and Bob and Eva Brabbin and in honor of Bill Beasley, $300

Anonymous, in memory of Lorene Stover, $20

Emma Jean Posey, in memory of Clinton Posey, $50

Evelyn Borio, in memory of my brother, Ray, $50

Pauline Lester, $250

Anonymous, in memory of Harry and Faye Carelli, $100

Sam and Nancy Frame, in memory of our son Clinton, $100

David and Nancy Broyles, in memory of Eva Brabbin, $100

Helen Elsender, in memory of Charlotte Armstrong, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Sandra Witt Canterbury, $30

Anonymous, in honor of Birthday Group, $90

Ann Evans, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell, $100

Donna Turley, in memory of Kenneth Turley, $250

Kaaren S. Ford, in memory of Ernestine D. Edgell, $25

The Daywood Foundation, $3,000

Jeannie Plumley, in memory of Clarence Plumley, $25

Brown U.M. Church, $25

Bea McElhinny, in memory of Lawrence McElhinny, $50

Linda Freeman, $100

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

Shums Il Bir Club, $300

Martha Hacala, in memory of Ed and CRN, $50

Rose Marie Fratino, in memory of family members, $250

Annette R. Ferrell, in memory of my loved ones, $100

Anonymous, in honor of Freda Cutlip, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Marie, Virginia, Elizabeth and Erma, $100

Stephen Fowler, in memory of Ryan Blake, $200

Nella's, Inc., $1,200

Herscher Foundation, $1,000

Nancy and George Guthrie and Ann C. Brown, in memory of James M. Reishman, $250

Jaxon Hodges, in memory of Poppy Crick, $25

Lucile Dudley, in memory of my husband, Vernon "Buck" Dudley, $100

Anonymous, in memory of my husband and our parents, $400

Anonymous, in memory of Patty Legg, $50

Harry and Pam Folden, $50

K & J Hager, $25

Faith WHFMS, $100

DeArmond Arbogast, in memory of T.H. Edelblute, III, $100

Anonymous, in memory of R.B. Tracy, $200

Douglas Imbrogno, in honor of the woman in need of a mattress, $50

Sara Welch, in memory of our parents, $200

H.M. Persinger, in memory of his wife, Jeanne Persinger, $500.

Anonymous (combined) total, $18,493.45

Week three total: $68,339.45

Grand total (so far): $100,002.25

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Nursing home resident lacks money for new clothes http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151217/GZ01/151219560 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151217/GZ01/151219560 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:00:13 -0500 This 66-year-old nursing home resident doesn't have very many needs.

Although he's originally from West Virginia, he doesn't have many family members here who can see him on a regular basis - his sister is unable to visit him.

Instead, he bides his time by participating in the nursing home's church activities and, when the season is right, holiday celebrations.

"He's pretty outgoing," a caseworker said.

Although he's not confined to his bed or a wheelchair, the man has trouble speaking and walking. He suffers from a condition similar to Parkinson's disease, the caseworker said.

When he walks around the nursing home, he frequently can be seen holding onto railings.

But he's not down about his situation. He's still a happy man, who is able to talk with others and make his needs known.

Today, his needs are simple: Because the majority of the man's monthly income goes toward paying for his nursing home care, he is left with about $30 in spending money. With that kind of allowance, it is hard for him to afford to pay for some things, including new clothing.

All he wants is a new pair of shorts, a few T-shirts and a pair of shoes.

The man needs $200 to help purchase new clothing.

Those who wish to help him may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and include a check made payable to Gazette­-Mail Charities.

To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail.com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax-deductible contribution, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities, can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Salvation Army helps single mom after complicated pregnancy http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151216/GZ01/151219619 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151216/GZ01/151219619 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:41:11 -0500 Sarah was a single mom of two teenage girls and one preteen boy. It wasn't an easy life, but she got by OK through her steady job.

Still, she had tubal ligation surgery to keep from adding to the brood.

Then, Sarah was met with a big surprise - she learned she was pregnant. It wasn't an easy pregnancy. Complications from diabetes and toxemia forced her to leave her job.

She had to have an emergency Cesarean section. After her delivery, the surgery site wasn't healing properly. Additional procedures and testing found that the C-section caused permanent nerve damage, leaving her disabled.

She blew through her savings and moved home to West Virginia, to be near her mother. Within two months of moving to Charleston, her two daughters - ages 17 and 16 - also became pregnant.

Now, the household contains five children, three of them under age 2.

Sarah went from making $2,200 a month in her job and supporting her family to a pending disability claim, a small amount of child support and a baby-sitting job that pays $75 a week.

Frazzled, she turned to the Salvation Army, one of the local help agencies supported by the Gazette-Mail Charities holiday fund drive.

After spending $400 a month on rent, plus utilities, Sarah can't afford to regularly get the diapers, wipes and everyday necessities her family needs. The Salvation Army, through donations like those made to Gazette-Mail Charities, will continue to help Sarah the best it can.

To help continue the work of the Salvation Army, please consider a donation to Gazette-Mail Charities. To give, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or, to give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

Donations made to Gazette-Mail Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Washer, dryer would make life easier for single dad http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151215/GZ01/151219675 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151215/GZ01/151219675 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:36:56 -0500 Now that he has regained custody of his two children, this father is trying to do the right thing for his family.

The children's mother, his ex-wife, had custody of them when she moved away with another man. Their father hadn't seen them in more than a year when he found out his ex was in jail on drug charges. The young boy and girl were in foster care when their dad successfully petitioned for custody of them.

"They are very happy to be back with Dad," the man's caseworker said of the children. "He's stepping up."

The man, who doesn't have a car, moved his family to a house in the country. The location can be a challenge because of his lack of transportation.

He walks the children to their bus stop daily, and then waits for a ride to work. His job is a "gofer" for a local contractor - a good opportunity, but one that is largely dependent on the weather. This time of year, work is slow, and the man is paid by the hour.

"He doesn't have a [contractor's] license, but he's a hard worker," the caseworker said.

The house the family is renting lacks laundry facilities, and the man hasn't had enough money in his budget to purchase large appliances that would make his life easier. On the weekends, he has to pay someone to take him to a laundromat - the nearest one is about eight miles away - so he can ensure his children have clean clothes for school the next week.

"It takes away from his time with the kids on the weekends," the caseworker said. "He has to get a ride to go to the laundromat Saturday or Sunday, and then sit there all day."

Even a used washer or dryer would be welcomed by the young family.

"It would help him so much," the caseworker said.

The man needs $700 for a washer and dryer.

Those who wish to help him may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and include a check made payable to Gazette­-Mail Charities.

To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail .com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax deductible contribution, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities, can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Covenant House helps people meet basic needs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151214/GZ01/151219740 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151214/GZ01/151219740 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:24:30 -0500 Gary was chronically homeless. He had been in and out of shelters for a while when he stopped in one day at the Drop-In Center at Covenant House.

In addition to being homeless, Gary was dealing with a lot of health problems, most notably heart trouble. A few months ago, he was admitted to a local hospital after his blood pressure spiked.

He called Covenant House from his hospital bed, asking for help. He wanted a home to go to upon his release.

He received a monthly Supplemental Security Income check, but it wasn't enough for the security deposit on a place to live.

Through its Residential and Resource Program, Covenant House was able to pay that security deposit and, for the first time in a long time, Gary had an apartment of his own.

Charleston's Covenant House has been around since 1981.

Its mission is simple: to help people with the fewest resources meet their basic needs.

"After 35 years, our core mission remains the same. Whether a person is homeless, facing eviction or needs food for their table, Covenant House is a safety net, an advocate, and a safe haven in times of crisis," according to the organization's website.

You can help Covenant House continue its mission of helping people like Gary by making a donation this holiday season to Gazette-Mail Charities. To make a tax-deductive gift, look for the donation coupon in today's newspaper or go to wvgazettemail .com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Mother needs help buying beds for children http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151213/GZ01/151219782 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151213/GZ01/151219782 Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:32:34 -0500 A warm bed to sleep in at night is something many take for granted. That's all this 30-year-old mother of three wants for her children this Christmas.

She's a hard worker who cares for elderly people, but money is tight and she just had a baby, which has her on leave.

A place to sleep wouldn't be an issue if a recent move that required her to leave most of her furniture behind wasn't necessary.

"She already lives in a low-income apartment complex," the mother's caseworker said. "She can't afford the expense of beds."

The mother provides for her three children with the $1,000 she earns each month, and even with food stamps, she's having a hard time.

"She does the best she can," the caseworker said. "She takes really good care of her children."

Until she goes back to work, money will be even tighter. The children's father doesn't have a job, the caseworker said.

Having beds would go a long way to make the mother's new apartment feel like a home. She would like to buy bunk beds and mattresses for her 2- and 8-year-old children before winter.

"Her floors are tile and they're cold even in the warm weather," the caseworker said.

The mother needs $350.

Those who wish to help her may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and include a check made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities.

To donate online, go to www.wvgazettemail.com/charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax deductible contribution, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities, can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities fund drive raises more than $31K so far http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151211/GZ01/151219892 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151211/GZ01/151219892 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:45:14 -0500 A long list of givers has added more than $16,600 this week to the Gazette-Mail Charities holiday fund drive.

That brings the total for the season to more than $31,600. It's a strong start, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.

The fund drive gathers donations from readers and puts the money in the hands of the people who need it most, and the agencies that work every day to help them.

With less than two weeks until Christmas, please don't delay if you are considering a donation.

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

Here's the list of this week's givers:

Chelsea Gresham, in honor of the 65 year-old man needing furniture, $50

Ingrid Ferrell, in honor of Walter and Audrey, $50

Alton Dolin, in memory of Alton and Rose Dolin, $100

Carrie Smith, in memory of Bill Wilson, $50

Natalie Tarr, in memory of Norma Moore, my grandmother, $25

James Hodges, in memory of Frank Mazzei, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Thomas Hark and Frank Veltri, $1,500

Joel Armstrong, in honor of Faith Armstrong, $100

H.M. Persinger, Jr. $500

KEMBA Charleston FCU, $325

Florian F. Ceperley, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Helen, $150

Melody Simpson, in memory of Eleanor K. Simpson, $200

Mary Dickens, in memory of George, $50

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

LCM and DCM, $300

Charles T. Melton, $100

Bob and Olivia Singleton, in memory of R. Ray Singleton, $100

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

David and Lois Teets, $100

Anonymous, in memory of my mother, Hazel, $200

Barbara Gessner, in memory of Marcelle Bowne, $25

Charlotte Barton, in memory of Steve Barton, $25

Barry Myers, in memory of Ollie Ward Prichard, $30

Sharon Mullins, in memory of Margaret and Marguerite, $100

Martha Hopper, in memory of Tom Hopper, $100

Kathryn Probst, in memory of Dick Probst, $50

Angela Griffin, in memory of Ruby Harrey, $100

Anonymous, in memory of James Johnson, $100

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

Kanawha Valley Chapter of WV Credit Union League, $667

Tiano O'Dell, PLLC, $1,000

Dr. William and Ann Harris, in memory of Cecelia Oliver, R.N., $250

Keith Larson, in memory of Frances Larson, $175

Anonymous, in memory of Ron, Carolyn and Scott McGraw, $300

Anonymous, in memory of Clyde, Pearl and Randy Engle, $300

James W. Piercy, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Piercy, $200

PVC in memory of MCC, $50

Craig and Sue Selby, $500

James and Joan Waggy, $500

Steve Snodgrass, $300

Richard and Nancy Divita, $750

Thomas William Blake, $50

Gerry and Jane Roy, $100

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

Camille Keller, in memory of William H. and Helen I. Keller, $20

Darlene Shamblin, in memory of Chet and Nancy Winterstein, $100

Michael McNulty, in memory of Jef Rus, DDS, and Kelly Culver, $350

Steve Ledahawsky, $205

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

Daniel Forwood, in honor of Bonnie Lee Taylor, $100

Brett Barthelmess, in memory of Art and Shirley Barthelmess and Bill and Sherry Miller, $100

Sam Silverstein, in honor of mom and dad, $200

Donald Pittenger, in memory of "Bear," $100

Elizabeth Slack, in memory of Thomas Joe Edelman and Bonnie Sue Parker, $100

William Pugh, in memory of Bill and Pat Pugh and John and Myrene Nixon, $200

Anonymous (combined) total, $5,020

Week two total: $16,617

Grand total: $31,662.80

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Heart and Hand looks to help young mother-to-be http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151210/GZ01/151219950 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151210/GZ01/151219950 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:15:51 -0500 Taylor just thought she was putting on weight. She wasn't prepared to hear that she was pregnant.

She left school to ready herself for the baby's arrival, which is supposed to be shortly after Christmas.

Her family subsists on a very low income, and they're not sure how they're going to get all the items they need for a new baby.

There's the bed and diapers, wipes and bottles. Eventually, a highchair and playpen.

Taylor's family turned to the Heart and Hand Community Service Center for help.

Heart and Hand assists people, particularly parents of young children in need, with everything from utility and medicals bills to gathering food and clothing.

So far, Heart and Hand has been able to give her a layette, but would like to do more, for Taylor and others like her.

Heart and Hand is one of the local help agencies supported by Gazette-Mail Charities. 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.

Won't you please consider a donation to Gazette-Mail Charities? Giving is easy: just 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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Gazette-Mail Charities: Bedridden woman would be grateful for a new mattress http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151209/GZ01/151209487 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151209/GZ01/151209487 Wed, 9 Dec 2015 17:05:31 -0500 This 69-year-old woman, who has had multiple battles with cancer, never complains.

Her first bout with the disease took place when she was still in her 20s. Although she was living in Miami when she found out about the cancer, she took her son and her belongings and moved back to West Virginia, to live with her parents.

Sadly, her husband left her after she was diagnosed.

After the cancer went into remission, she began working at a law firm, but she was forced to quit after being diagnosed with cancer a second time.

This time, though, with her parents becoming elderly, she began to take care of them and neglected her own health.

"She ended up damaging herself," the woman's caseworker said.

These days, she's unable to work - she suffered a stroke about a year ago and has been confined to her bed, largely because the medication she's had to take as a result of the stroke, and the drugs she takes to fight the cancer, make her drowsy.

"Most of the time it is a trial for her just to get to the door," the caseworker said.

Because she can't stand up to cook, the woman has meals delivered to her each day. Before she receives a meal, she frequently will take two to three hours to move from her bed to the kitchen, just to make sure she doesn't fall.

Although she's only ever wanted the bare necessities of life - food, shelter and help with maintaining her home - one day, as the caseworker was talking to her, the woman mentioned that she'd love to have a new mattress; her existing bed had become uncomfortable.

Once she realized what she'd said, the woman tried to take back her words, saying she was grateful for what she did have.

Receiving just over $1,400 in Social Security every month, the woman is unable to afford to buy one herself. Regardless, she told the caseworker there are plenty of others who are in greater need than herself.

The caseworker said family members help the woman, but there's only so much they can do.

"She's the sweetest woman in the world," said the caseworker.

The woman needs $300 for a new mattress and box spring. To help, please consider a gift to this year's Gazette-Mail Charities fund drive. Gazette-Mail charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies. Checks should be made payable to Charleston Gazette-Mail Charities. Donate online at www.wv gazettemail.com/charities or mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Gabriel Project turns donations into new cribs for families http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151208/GZ01/151209557 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151208/GZ01/151209557 Tue, 8 Dec 2015 16:25:51 -0500 Stephanie has been in an abusive relationship for four years. She has two children - an infant and a toddler.

Recently, the abuse hit a climax when, angry over his dinner, her husband threw her down a flight of stairs.

She knew she had to get out.

The next week, while her husband was gone, she fled with her children and a couple of suitcases.

She had to leave behind all of her children's furniture and other baby items.

She turned to the Metro Valley Chapter of the Gabriel Project, one of the local help agencies supported this holiday season by Gazette-Mail Charities.

The Gabriel Project helps deserving families get the child care items they need. Federal regulations do not allow the agency to distribute used cribs and car seats, so they all must be purchased new.

Stephanie could really use a crib for her infant child, but the Gabriel Project has a waiting list of more than 30 families in the Kanawha Valley in line for a new crib.

Donations from newspaper readers to the Gazette-Mail Charities holiday fund drive can help Stephanie and others like her.

Won't you please consider a donation today?

Giving is easy: Just fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and mail it with your check, made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities. Or, to give online, go to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Teenager needs help buying dentures http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151207/GZ01/151209604 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151207/GZ01/151209604 Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:44:57 -0500 To be able to smile again. That's all this teenage girl wants for Christmas.

The 17-year-old from Lincoln County is missing her top front tooth and needs a partial upper denture plate.

The teenager lives with her 44-year-old mother, who can't afford the dental work because her only source of income comes from child support. The teenager's denture will cost $325.

Missing teeth poses many problems, like making chewing difficult, but for the teenager, it's more than just an inconvenience. It seriously affects her social life.

Being so embarrassed about her missing tooth, the teenager stopped going to school last year.

"She was so self-conscious that she dropped out of school," wrote the caseworker, who couldn't confirm if the teenager was bullied for missing a tooth.

The teenager hasn't given up on her education, though. She's pursuing a GED online. She also hopes to take classes and become a certified nurse assistant in the near future.

The teenager's caseworker said getting a denture plate would go a long way in helping the teen continue her education and pursue her career goals.

Those who wish to help this teenager may fill out the donation coupon in today's paper and include a check made payable to Gazette-Mail Charities.

To donate online, go to wvgazettemail.com/Charities.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization. Charity cases have been verified by approved social service agencies.

Your tax-deductible contribution can be mailed to:

Charleston Gazette-Mail

1001 Virginia St. E.

Charleston, WV 25301

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Gazette-Mail Charities: Union Mission works to help family make home a happy place http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151206/GZ01/151209654 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151206/GZ01/151209654 Sun, 6 Dec 2015 20:38:59 -0500 James and Linda have several children in their blended family, but Linda's oldest is in need of a room of her own.

The girl has been through a very traumatic experience involving her biological father, who is now in prison for life.

Linda and James moved to the living room to give the girl the privacy she needs.

It makes for a crowded environment, but they own their home and don't want to leave.

Unfortunately, the home also needs a lot of repairs. The windows need to be replaced, the ceiling has a hole where the roof is leaking, the home - a trailer - needs underpinning, the front door is a problem and, really, the whole place needs to be weatherized for the coming winter.

They turned to the Union Mission, one of the local help agencies being supported this season by the Gazette-Mail Charities fund drive.

With donations from readers like you, Gazette-Mail Charities can help the Union Mission help struggling families like James and Linda's family.

Won't you please consider a tax-deductible donation this holiday season?

Giving is easy - just look for the donation coupon on Page 7A of today's newspaper or go online to wvgazettemail.com and click on the Gazette-Mail Charities logo.

Gazette-Mail Charities is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Gazette-Mail Charities fund drive at $15K in early days http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151205/GZ01/151209748 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151205/GZ01/151209748 Sat, 5 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Generous readers have given more than $15,000 to Gazette-Mail Charities during the early days of this year's holiday fund drive.

While the fund is off to a good start, it has a long way to go to meet its goal.

The bustle of the season can make life a little hectic this time of year, so please don't delay when considering a gift to Gazette-Mail Charities.

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

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

Here's the first list of givers to this season's fund drive:

James A. Haught, $200

Ronald Hughes, in memory of Orville Hughes, $25

Marilyn Greathouse, in memory of Walter and Julia Greathouse, $50

Kathy Parsons, in memory of Mildred Gum, $25

Jill Harlan, in memory of Frank Mazzei, $50

Cathy Aquino, in memory of Lawrence Aquino, $100

Nancy Brown, in memory of Bill and Marie Morris, $25

Marion Baer, in memory of Frank, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Fred and Hazel, $500

Bob and Millie Lynn, $100

Our Gang Haircare, $200

Charleston Area Medical Center, $640

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

Anonymous, in honor of Karin Fuller and Alyce Faye Bragg, $20

Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary E. Ammar, $100

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Taylor, in memory of Ed and Mary P. Taylor, $100

Marie Oxley, in memory of Bill Oxley, $200

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

Larry Schneider and Helen Chilton, $200

Sue Pryce, in memory of Jim Pryce, $100

Ray Blackhurst, in memory of Gloria Blackhurst, $500

Joe and Laura McCullough, in memory of Amazon Eves, $50

Dorothy E. Caldwell, in honor of Tyler Zubick, $50

Ann Balkey, in memory of Ruben Jones, $50

Chuck and Pam Wheeler, in memory of Sebert and Viloet Lanham and Bert and Eva Wheeler, $100

Larry Harris, in memory of Pamela Mae (Davis) Harris, $50

Nancy Breed, in honor of Grace and Graci Ward, $25

Kathy Hastings, $50

Mitzi W. Orcutt, in memory of Aubrey E. Orcutt, $100

Dan and Joyce George, $100

Joel Metz, $20

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

Anonymous, in honor of Jesus Christ, $50

Anonymous, in honor of a friend in Ravenswood, $100

Anonymous, in memory of James and Vera, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Ted and Ethel, $50

Rosemary Parkins, in honor of Shining Stars Sunday School class, $25

Elizabeth Kenna, in memory of family and friends, $50

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

Mark and Ellie Schaul, $100

Barbara Murray, $200

Nick Estes, $75

Tim Holbrook, $100

Jason and Lauren Gianola, in honor of John and Lynne Gianola, $200

Jason and Lauren Gianola, $100

Paul and Diane Wallace, $200

Kevin B. Wolfe, $200

Kathy Cummings, in honor of my mother, $50

Virginia Durrett, in memory of our families, $1,000

Melissa Ruddle, in memory of my dad, Darrell Holley, $100

Reid Pugh, in memory of my mother, Pat Pugh, $200

William Chambers, in memory of Carolyn Perry, $500

Larry Levak, $100

Betty Warner, $100

Mrs. F.C. Frostick, $100

Franklin and Peggy McCommack, in honor of P & B, $50

James P. Clark, in memory of Imogen B. Clark, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Winifred Newman and Betty Cook, $100

Joyce Maynor, $100

Ann Wilburn, $50

Thomas Toler, $100

Anonymous, in memory of family members, $500

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

Andy Tipton, in memory of Edith M. Stewart, $100

Tom and Lola Waldorf, $100

William and Dorothy Foster, in honor of our parents, $50

George Schneiter, in memory of Jeannie Schneiter, $1,000

Cynthia Wegman, in memory of Florette Angel, $50

Kanawha Ski Club, $166

Truist, $34.80

Daisy Bennett, $40

Rishel and Sandra Walker, $150

Betty Caplan, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Kayla Roy, $25

Juanita Ong, in memory of deceased loved ones, $100

Sharon Chambers, in memory of Frank Chambers, $50

Larry and Carolyn McKinney, in memory of Robert and Iva McKinney and Virginia and William McKinney, $100

Jack and Janet Durbin, in memory of Loretta McCray, $25

Larry and Carolyn McKinney, in memory of Basil Hudson, $50

Jaime and Rebecca Beckelhimer, $50

Ruth R. Peyton, in memory of Kathe Peyton, $100

Dabney Phillips, in memory of Arthur and Doris Isaac, $150

Anonymous, in memory of Dale O. and Freda Wylene Smith, $200

Jean Nelson, in honor of the Woodsons, $200

Herbert and Karen Harr, $200

Anonymous, in memory of Sammy, $25

Anonymous (combined), $2,700

Total, $15,045.80

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