The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association has launched its 7th Annual ‘Every Child Deserves A Loving Home’ Campaign to raise funds to help children and families in crisis across the state.
More than 4,000 West Virginia children are in out-of-home-care and 1,200 children are in need of adoption.
“The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, which has offices and child shelters throughout the state, works to protect and nurture children and families in crisis,” said Jan Vineyard, president of OMEGA. “The Every Child Deserves a Loving Home Campaign was developed to provide needed funding to help West Virginia’s children and families and we ask the public to join us in doing just that.”
All funds raised through this statewide effort will go towards the Children’s Home Society’s assistance programs, which include; emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption support, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs.
Vineyard said brightly-colored, Mother’s Day themed, paper flowers will be sold for one dollar apiece at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores throughout the state, including: Little General Store, Inc., Par Mar Stores, Go-Mart, BFS Foods, R. M. Roach & Sons/ROCS, Petersburg Oil Company, DeFazio Oil Company and TWJ, Inc. Foodland. The campaign runs through Mother’s Day, May 14.
“This effort not only gives back to the communities where our members operate, but demonstrates the true philanthropic nature of our industry and our members,” Vineyard said. “We encourage individuals across the state to assist in this effort by visiting their local participating convenience or grocery store.”
Mary White, chief operations officer for the Children’s Home Society, added, “Our organization assisted over 13,000 children from 13 locations last year and the need for help continues to be overwhelming. The West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocer’s Association’s ‘Every Child Deserves a Loving Home’ campaign has become paramount to the well-being of West Virginia’s children and families. The continued dedication and support enables the Children’s Home Society to find homes for children, support families and change their lives forever.”
OMEGA raised more than $75,000 during this effort last year and nearly $2.3 million dollars since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and well being of West Virginia children.