Wyoming County Toy Fund’s weekly workshops are being conducted, in the former Pineville Grade School building, each Monday at 6 p.m. until the annual distribution party just before Christmas.
Volunteers are always needed during these weekly meetings and good, clean used toys may also be dropped off during the Monday sessions, according to Todd Houck, Toy Fund president.
School and church groups, civic organizations, clubs, Scouts, and other organizations are urged to participate.
High school and college students will receive community service hours for their volunteer work, Houck said.
Due to the planned remodeling of the building, volunteers should follow the river-side road behind the building and go through the double cafeteria doors on the lower level.
The sessions usually end by 8 p.m., according to officials.
The Wyoming County Toy Fund began in 1999, a spinoff of Mac’s Toy Fund in Raleigh County.
The Toy Fund provides toys and warm clothing to hundreds of children in Wyoming County through the annual project. Over the last 20 years, thousands of children have been served by the Christmas event.
“The Wyoming County Toy Fund faces another challenging year in that more children will be invited to shop and our funds are limited starting the new cycle,” explained Charlie Feller, Toy Fund treasurer.
Jeanne Goan, Wyoming County Department of Health and Human Resources, serves as vice president.
Jennifer Huggins, Wagon Wheel ATV Resort and Campground, is the secretary.
Last year, nearly 3,000 children were invited, through the Wyoming County Department of Health and Human Resources, to participate in the annual distribution party.
Monetary donations can be made at any bank in Wyoming County or mailed to Charlie Feller at P.O. Box 295; Mullens, WV 25882, with checks made payable to Wyoming County Toy Fund.
The smaller donations of $5, $10, $20 or $25 are the lifeblood of the Wyoming County Toy Fund, Houck emphasized.
The Wyoming County Toy Fund is a registered non-profit corporation; donations may be tax-deductible.