2017-11-15 / School News

“Christmas Cash For Kids” kicks off 12th season


Christmas Cash For Kids received its first donation to the 2017 Campaign from the Martinsburg Moose Lodge 120 and City National Bank. Pictured are left to right: Terry Ways, Moose Lodge 120 Administrator; Becky Linton, City National Bank Regional Manager and Christmas Cash for Kids Program Director; Chris Nicewarner, Moose Lodge 120 Treasurer; Kathy Bradley, DHHR; Penny Porter, United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and Rodney Woods, Moose Lodge 120 Trustee. Christmas Cash For Kids received its first donation to the 2017 Campaign from the Martinsburg Moose Lodge 120 and City National Bank. Pictured are left to right: Terry Ways, Moose Lodge 120 Administrator; Becky Linton, City National Bank Regional Manager and Christmas Cash for Kids Program Director; Chris Nicewarner, Moose Lodge 120 Treasurer; Kathy Bradley, DHHR; Penny Porter, United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and Rodney Woods, Moose Lodge 120 Trustee. The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) haved joined forces again with City National Bank and Today’s 97.5 and WEPM 1340AM/93.7 FM to raise funds for the Christmas Cash for Kids.

The 2017 Christmas Cash For Kids campaign kicked off Friday, November 3 with a goal of raising $25,000 by the middle of December to buy gifts for less fortunate children in the Eastern Panhandle. With the recurring theme of “Every Penny Counts,” the campaign goal is to educate the community about how a “little change” from everyone can make a big difference for many, according to the program chair Rebecca Linton, who is the Regional Manager of City National Bank.

“We understand that times are hard and not everyone can make a large donation, and that’s why this campaign is so successful, because it encourages everyone that each and every penny we collect makes a big difference, imagine if everyone in the community gave their change – we would meet our goal in one day,” Linton said.

However, the campaign does appreciate the support from area businesses who come alongside the program and help them reach their goal, Linton added. At the campaign kick off event last week, members of the local Moose Lodge 120 donated $600.00 and City National Bank also contributed $1,500.00 to get the campaign off the ground for 2017.

Christmas Cash for Kids is entering its 12th Christmas season of assisting families in making Christmas a reality for their children.

The program is supported entirely by donations and local volunteers. Christmas Cash for Kids was founded in December 2006 when the local information and Referral Center at DHHR received numerous phone calls several days before Christmas asking where they could obtain Christmas assistance for their children. These families did not have a need when other community organizations took Christmas applications in September and October.

However, massive layoffs or reductions in number of hours worked, created a crisis situation for many families where there was a real possibility their children would have no Christmas. That is when the idea for Christmas Cash for Kids was birthed.

Christmas Cash for Kids serves children from birth to 16, providing Christmas gifts for their guardians to give them on Christmas day. On a designated day in December, guardians can “shop” with an assigned DHHR Case Manager at area Wal-Mart stores to find age-appropriate gift items for each family.

The Christmas Cash for Kids program serves Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, but all monies raised in each county will stay within families residing there.

From now through mid December, donations will be collected all over the three counties in various ways including children raising money in their classrooms, businesses declaring “dress down” days or holding special events within their company, as well as families who simply start a jar with their extra change and take it to a drop location at the end of the campaign. Together, the community is joining forces to save as much “change” as we can, in order to make as much “change” as we can by providing gifts to kids at Christmas.

Those interested in participating can go to the United Way of Eastern Panhandle’s website to make online donations, or stop by any of the area ROCS Local Market stores, City National Bank branches or the offices of Today’s 97.5, WEPM 1340Am and 93.7FM.

There are multiple events scheduled to collect coins and cash for the program throughout the next 30 days.

Local events include - November 30 Boot Drive at Food Lion, Berkeley Springs, 6-8 p.m. and December 13 Spirit Night at McDonald’s, Berkeley Springs, 5 -7 p.m.

For more information contact Becky Linton, 304-264- 4502 or Mary Beth Blair, 304-283-4438.

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