Mineral County Warm the Children kicks off the year
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County’s Warm the Children campaign has kicked off its year, with almost 300 children on the list to receive help.
Now in its 26th year in Mineral County, the program allots $80 per child ($40 for children under the age of 3) for the purchase of winter coats, hats, gloves, etc. and depends upon fund raisers and donations to be able to serve the county’s children in need.
Recipients are screened through the Mineral County office of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, two of the program’s major annual fund raisers had to be cancelled this year - the annual crab feast held by the local Warlocks motorcycle club and Family Fun Day hosted by Brookedale Farm.
“Both events were highly attended and brought in thousands,” volunteer campaign coordinator Dayla Harvey said.
Although a large donation last year allowed the program to move forward this year, Harvey worries about 2021, especially if the pandemic continues to curtail fund raising events.
Donations from individuals, organizations and businesses have started to trickle in as the donation form has started running in the News Tribune and Today’s Shopper.
In addition, Harvey has applied for grant funding to assist with the program.
As the program kicks into high gear this year, volunteer shoppers will meet with the families and assist them in purchasing their clothing.
“We currently have 12 dedicated shoppers that have agreed with safety precautions to shop with families,” Harvey said.
Warm the Children was established in Mineral County in 1995 by the Mineral Daily News Tribune and is co-sponsored by the Mineral County Family Resource Network.
Since its beginning here, over 11,000 children have been assisted.
Every dollar donated to the program goes to the children and is spent locally.
Donations may be mailed to Warm the Children, c/o The News Tribune, P.O. Box 879, Keyser, WV 26726.
For further information on the program, call the FRN at 304-788-9099.