Mercer County

Princeton-based ChildLaw Services to extend coverage to Raleigh County

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) - Music and laughter joyfully bounced off the walls of the Bluefield Arts Center, where ChildLaw Services and Executive Director Cathy Wallace held one of their biggest fundraisers for the year.

"We've got a great crowd," Wallace said. "From judges all the way down to janitors, all of our friends and family are here."

The money from Thursday night's auction goes toward the organization's daily efforts in providing legal counsel to children in abuse or foster care cases across seven West Virginia counties.

"We give that personal touch," Wallace said. "We go the extra mile to make sure they have all the connections they need -- not just representation, but make sure they're in a family that loves them... they're safe... they have a roof over their head, and food to eat."

However, the number changed to eight, as ChildLaw Services is officially extending its services to Beckley and greater Raleigh County, an accomplishment more than two years in the making for the board of directors and its president Wyatt Lilly.

"We've seen the need there," Lilly said. "We have the resources now to reach out to Raleigh County. We've been successful in Mercer County primarily and McDowell County. We are inching our way northward."

With the holidays inching closer, Wallace truly believes no child should be literally left behind.

"Tomorrow is not void of hope," Wallace said. "That's what we want to give them."

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