KEYSER - Volunteer shoppers are already making calls and hitting the stores this week as the 2018 Warm the Children campaign kicks off.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Volunteer shoppers are already making calls and hitting the stores this week as the 2018 Warm the Children campaign kicks off.
Adopted by the News Tribune 24 years ago, Warm the Children provides warm winter clothing for needy children in Mineral County.
The program is co-sponsored by the Mineral County Family Resource Network, which coordinates the volunteer shoppers, matching them up with the families in need.
According to coordinator Dayla Harvey, there are 479 children on the list to receive assistance this year.
Thanks to some leftover funds from 2017, plus additional donations received since last year and the annual donation from the Warlocks Motorcycle Club’s annual crab feast, the campaign is starting out with $6,444.
“With very little wiggle room, we will need to raise $37,356 this year,” Harvey said.
Warm the children has historically helped as many as 750+ children four years ago. Last year, the program warmed 473 children.
Several fund raisers will be held to help raise money for the program, and one includes the Family Fun Day at Brookedale Farms on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Those wishing to make a donation to the charity may drop a check or cash off at the News Tribune office, 21 Shamrock Dr., Keyser, or mail the donation to: Warm the Children, c/o The News Tribune, P.O. Box 879, Keyser WV 26726.