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Help Out: Dec. 2, 2012

By Staff reports

Pets' stockings

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- New Hope Animal Rescue is selling Christmas stockings stuffed with treats and toys for dogs and cats.

The $20 stockings will contain a dozen preservative-free, homemade dog biscuits that can be purchased separately for $5 a dozen.

Orders will be taken through Dec. 15 by calling New Hope Animal Rescue at 304-562-0300. Stockings will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 and 22 at New Hope's thrift store, Paws and Shop, 2806 Putnam Ave., Hurricane.

All proceeds benefit New Hope Animal Rescue's spay/neuter and medical programs and its fund to build a no-kill shelter in the Putnam/Kanawha County area.

Huntington's support group

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington's disease support group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital. The next meeting is Dec. 8. Meetings are for patients, families, caregivers, at-risk or anyone affected by Huntington's disease. For more information contact Debbie Armstrong at 304-549-3266 or debarm@suddenlink.net.

T.G.I. Friday's food drive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Bistro Group, the nation's third-largest franchisee of T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, is again holding its Can For A Fan virtual food drive that will benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank.

The Charleston-area T.G.I. Friday's will donate a can of food to the food bank for each new Charleston local Facebook fan at Facebook.com/EatAtTGIFridays.

In addition to Facebook, the initiative expands to Pinterest this year. On T.G.I. Friday's Can For A Fan Pinterest board, Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/canforafan, users can like the Mountaineer Food Bank pinned logo and an additional can of food will be donated.

The food drive will continue through Dec. 31 or until 5,000 cans have been donated.

Clay County Christmas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Students and faculty at Charleston Catholic High School will host its 28th annual Clay County Christmas party for 450 children Dec. 8 at the Church of the Risen in Maysel.

Earlier this month, students donated $2 each to be able to wear jeans instead of a uniform to school. The money paid for photo paper so the Clay County children could have their photo taken with Santa at the party.

During the past week, each student brought items to fill about 500 stockings. Assigned a child, each student has shopped for the child and wrapped their gifts. School clubs provide candy canes, cookies and decorations for the party.

Along with Scared Heart Elementary students, the high schoolers will also prepare about 250 family food boxes.


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