KEYSER - Many donors and volunteers with Warm the Children have their own special reasons for getting involved with the annual campaign.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Many donors and volunteers with Warm the Children have their own special reasons for getting involved with the annual campaign.
Some make donations in memory or honor of loved ones. Some spearhead fund raisers to help what they feel is a worthy local cause. Others get involved by helping families shop for the warm winter clothing that their children might otherwise not be able to have.
For donor Casey Green, getting involved was not only something she wanted to do to help Mineral County children in need, but it was also her way of remembering a very special person in her life - her brother Keith Lee Phillips.
Phillips, a former Westernport resident who most recently resided in Woodstock, Virginia, passed away unexpectantly at age 46 on Nov. 30, 2017.
“He had had flu-like symptoms and went to the hospital,” his sister explains. “He was septic in a week, and it went to his heart.”
Phillips underwent open-heart surgery to repair a valve.
“On Thanksgiving he came off life support and we thought everything was fine,” Casey said. “Five days later, though, he had to go back in (the hospital) because the valve hadn’t taken. They had to do the exact same surgery, but this time he didn’t make it.”
This past November, Casey wanted to find a way to honor her brother’s memory, and decided upon a fundraiser for Warm the Children.
“I chose Warm the Children because my brother was all about his three kids. He was a great dad,” she said.
Casey announced on her Facebook page that she was collecting donations for Warm the Children, and the donations started coming in.
“I set the goal at $500,” she said.
Apparently, she set the bar low.
This month, she was able to present WTC coordinator Dayla Harvey with a $750 donation.
Casey’s donation helped bring a very successful 2018 WTC campaign to a close, with a total of 448 children being provided with hats, coats, gloves and more for the cold winter days.
Monies left over from this year’s campaign will be used as startup money for the 2019 campaign.