Holiday Toy and Food Drive Provides for Hundreds of Monongalia C - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Holiday Toy and Food Drive Provides for Hundreds of Monongalia County Families

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: One lane of Route 20 near Hinton is back open

    BREAKING: Route 20 in Hinton blocked by rockslide

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:39:43 GMT
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.The road was closed at around 8:40 a.m. after rocks tumbled into the roadway.  Route 20 is closed
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.
  • 1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:38:55 GMT
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County. Historians say the structure is the old Mullins School and believe it's hundreds of years
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County.
  • Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:06:19 GMT
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside

Thousands of dollars worth of toys and more than 20 tons of nonperishable food items were sorted the week of December 9 at the Armory in Morgantown, all to be donated to needy families in Monongalia County during the holiday season.

The toy distribution had 500 families pre-registered to receive food and toys at the holiday distribution and more than 100 signed up at the doors.

The line has wrapped around the building outside in previous years but the cold temperatures persuaded organizers to switch it up this year.

When we got here this morning it was about 16 degrees. So we decided to open up the long hallway area and have some people filter through and stand in line inside," said Amy Skeens, the Community Impact Director of United Way. "It seemed like something small to us but it was a really big deal to a lot of people who really appreciated the ability to be inside instead of out."

Organizations, schools, and businesses helped donate, sort and distribute. South Middle School Peer Mediators help each year at the event.

"We're the Runners. The runners, that's what it is we go back and forth all day," said Jack Wiedebusch, from South Middle School.

"So say if he wants something," added Daniel Polinsky, "He tells me, I write his name on a piece of paper and I take it back to the check out for him." Jessica Rivers was at the distribution getting food and toys for her three year old son. She says the event is a great way to not only help people receive the gifts but keep them out of trouble. "It's really appreciated because a lot of people out here don't really have anything. And that's when people are going to go out and try to steal stuff or whatever but they don't have things like this to actually give to people," said Rivers. "So, it's a really big blessing." All of the Toys and food that aren't claimed at the giveaway will go to local pantries and Christian Help. 

If you did not already go to a toy give away and live in Monongalia County, contact Christian Help to see if you qualify for a gift giveaway at(304) 296-0221.