RONCEVERTE, W.Va (WVNS) — Ronceverte residents took the time this Christmas Eve (2017) at the Clifford Community and Recreation Center to gather around for some last-minute gifts – that is, stocking stuffers.
“It’s been going on for so long,” said Mike Campbell, Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department chief. “Everyone’s used to it. The fire department puts it all together, raises money, fundraising through donations (and) businesses.”
“So long” equals approximately 80 years. In fact, local seniors experienced this themselves when they were kids.
“A lot of the old timers been here been coming since they were little,” Campbell said. “They said back then, that’s all they got. So it’s just a good tradition for them.”
The Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department put together 1000 stockings filled with toys and edible goodies for children in their hometown. To them, the price tag does not matter for this long-standing tradition.
“We get a lot of kids that don’t get much,” Campbell said. “It’s good to give them something to look forward to when they come down every year to get one.”
With this community classic, it’s the gift that literally keeps on giving.