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Help Out: Nov. 4, 2012

By Staff reports

Shopping benefit

PINCH, W.Va. -- More than 20 vendors will offer a wide selection of jewelry, home party goods, foods, purses, hand-crafted items and more at the "Shop Till You Drop" sale Nov. 10.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, Pinch, near Indian Creek Fishing Lake, and is sponsored by the GFWC Elk Valley Woman's Club.

Seasonal cards benefiting the Kids Cancer Fund at WVU Children's Hospital in Morgantown will be sold. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

All proceeds from the sale will help provide healthy weekend food for children in the Pinch-Elkview area whose only access to nutritional meals is at school. For more details, contact Marilyn Spencer 304-965-5377 or marlynmom@yahoo.com.

Manna Meal needs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's oldest and largest soup kitchen, Manna Meal, needs church, school, civic and other groups to organize food, hat and glove drives. Manna Meal will help groups plan and organize the drives.

Items most needed are canned meats -- Spam/Treet, tuna, chicken, Vienna sausages, potted meat, salmon, clams, oysters, ham, -- canned fruits with flip-top lids, men's gloves, men's hats and men's wool socks.

Items may be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., or call ahead, seven days a week at St. John's Episcopal Church's kitchen door, off the back alley.

Huntington's group

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington's disease support group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Saint Francis Hospital. 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.

Comedy for Alzheimer's

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The National Comedy Theatre, from New York, will perform Nov. 10 at the Charleston Light Opera Guild Theater in a benefit for the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar and ticket auction, followed at 7 p.m. with improvisational comedians performing a series of games and scenes based on audience suggestions. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $20 a person or $75 for two tickets, premium seating and open bar. The Guild Theater is at 411 Tennessee Ave.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Angel's Perch, a feature film being produced in partnership with the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

For more information, visit http://angelsperch.com/comedy-for-a-cause-benefit-performance.

Holiday grief support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- HospiceCare is holding a six-week holiday grief and loss support group through the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas seasons. The group will meet weekly at 6 p.m. every Tuesday from Nov. 13 to Dec. 18 at HospiceCare's main office, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston.

To register for the holiday group, call Jill Duffield, in HospiceCare's Grief and Loss Department, at 304-768-8523, or toll-free at 800-560-8523.

HospiceCare's satellite office in Madison will also offer a holiday support group for Boone County area residents from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 and 29 and Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 467 Main St. To register, call 304-369-0183.

For more information about HospiceCare and its programs, visit www.hospicecarewv.org.

Christmas shoeboxes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Volunteers will be filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas Nov. 12-19.

Packed shoeboxes can be dropped off at several collection sites in the Charleston area. Operation Christmas Child is part of the evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham.

Collection sites and hours are:

Rand First Church of the Nazarene, 305 Davidson Ave., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12-18, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 18, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Gordon Killion, collection site coordinator, 304-925-7336.

Oakwood Baptist Church, 855 Oakwood Road, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12-16, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19. Sheila Huffman, collection site coordinator, 304-344-2134.

Cross Lanes Baptist Church, 102 Knollwood Drive, Cross Lanes, 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12-16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Diane Leeper, collection site coordinator, 304-380-2252.

Highlawn Baptist Church, 2304 Jefferson Ave., St. Albans, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14, 2 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15, noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 16, noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 17, 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 19. Nancy House, collection site coordinator, 304-552-3372.

Alum Creek Church of the Nazarene, 1342 Childress Road, Alum Creek, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 and 18, and 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 19. Theda Workman, collection site coordinator, 304-545-4739.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.


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