Seven Spirit Halloween stores across West Virginia and the surrounding region are raising funds for the Child Life Program at WVU Medicine Children’s, including the Morgantown, Uniontown, and Bridgeport locations.
Spirit Halloween stores bring fun and funding to local hospitals at Halloween and all year long, through their Spirit of Children program. Their mission is to make hospitals less scary for kids through the support of the Child Life Programs in their local communities.
The money collected from customer donations helps Child Life educate and support children (and their families) while they are in the hospital for care. One hundred percent of every dollar donated from Spirit Halloween stores supports this program. Spirit Halloween stores have raised nearly $250,000 for WVU Medicine Children’s since 2009.
Local Spirit Halloween stores are hosting multiple fundraisers to raise critical funds for the WVU Medicine Children’s Child Life Program. Here are some of the ways you can help:
- Redeem this coupon to receive 10 percent off your purchase and have Spirit Halloween donate 10 percent to Child Life.
- Participate in the Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Meadowbrook Mall location.
- Attend the Halloween Dance Party and Costume Contest at the Spirit Halloween store in Morgantown on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event will feature DJ Jason Knight from WVAQ, food, fire jugglers, and more.
- Take your kids to meet characters, such as Peppa Pig, CatBoy, or some of the stars from the show Paw Patrol. Dates and times vary for each character and store location. Call or visit your local Spirit Halloween store for more details.
Event Location: Monongalia County Ballpark, Granville
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is serving as a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) annual Heart Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Monongalia County Ballpark in Granville.
Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremonies get underway at 9:45 a.m. The three-mile, non-competitive walk starts at 10:05 a.m.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute will bring the Mega Heart to the event and offer tours.
For more information, visit the AHA website
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
10/21/2017 from 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM
Event Location: WVU Student Rec Center, Morgantown
The American Cancer Society will hold its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the WVU Student Rec Center in Morgantown.
The WVU Cancer Institute is serving as a sponsor.
The event celebrates people who have battled breast cancer and raises awareness about prevention. It also raises money to help find a cure, and to support programs and services.
For more information, visit the event website.
WVU Women’s Volleyball Pink Game
Event Location: WVU Coliseum
The WVU volleyball team will host a pink game against Kansas State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the WVU Coliseum. The team will wear pink jerseys and is encouraging fans to wear pink. Fans will receive pink pom-pom shakers and will have an opportunity to receive the official Mountaineers pink t-shirt for a $10 donation.
Community Open House at WVU Medicine Fairmont Clinic
10/21/2017 from 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Event Location: WVU Medicine outpatient center in Fairmont
WVU Medicine will celebrate with a Community Open House Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The $13.9 million, 25,000-square-foot outpatient center is located off Downtown Fairmont Exit 136 of I-79, near the Fairmont Gateway Connector and behind the Fairmont Federal Credit Union. It opened on Sept. 25.
Some of the scheduled activities include:
- Meet providers
- Free flu shots for ages 3 and up (while supplies last)
- Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings
- Blood screenings
- Teddy bear clinic (kids may bring a favorite stuffed animal; bears will be available while supplies last)
- Child seat safety checks by the Marion County Department of Homeland Security/911 Child Seat Safety Program
- Rescue vehicle tours, including an ambulance and fire truck
- Appearance by Monti Bear
- Giveaways, raffles, and more!
The holiday season is just around the corner and many of you have requested information about the Holiday assistance programs available in our area. Many of us know families who could benefit from assistance during this time of year. If you know a family who would like to apply for assistance, please see the contact information below for all of the local programs. The same contact information can be used if you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist in any of the programs. I know donations and volunteers are always welcome. PLEASE ENCOURAGE FAMILIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as assistance is limited based on resources. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW. (and so are donations. )
The annual United Way Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is in its 36th year of community outreach in 2017. The purpose of the Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is to provide needy families in Monongalia County with food and toys for the holiday season
To Apply for Assistance:
Applications will be accepted at The Connecting Link Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, October 2nd through Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Their office is located in the Monongahela Building (235 High Street) in Room 208.
You must bring the following items with you to register:
•Proof of income
•Proof of expenses
•Birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or medical card for each family member
Applicants must be Monongalia County residents to receive food and toys. Toy distribution is for children ages birth to 18 years. (*In order to receive gifts, the children in the home must be actively enrolled in school.)
Distribution will be held on Thursday, December 14th.
On December 11th, 12th, and 13th, volunteers are needed to sort and bag donated food and organize toys in preparation for the distribution. It is on these days that a large portion of the effort behind the distribution takes place. Volunteers will be on hand to show you how you can assist in the effort. Any group or individual interested in helping should join us on these days. The distribution of food and toys to families will take place on December 14th. Volunteers are also needed on this day to assist with the distribution.
If you questions about volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (304) 322-2063.
If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact one of the following:
•United Way at 304-296-7525 for food
•Christian Help at 304-296-0221 for toys
•Humane Society at 304-296-6247 for pet food
SALVATION ARMY- SEASONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:
1264 University Ave.
PO Box 753, 26507
Preston County Service Unit
124 Morgan Street
ALBERT GALLATIN SERVICE CENTER
Saint Benedict’s Learning Center
100 Rear South Washington Street
Telephone: 724-583-9603, 724-437-0580
Fairmont Service Unit
1512 Locust Avenue
111 Beech St.
32 West Fayette Street