Nearly 500 convenience and grocery stores throughout every corner of West Virginia are participating in the “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home Campaign”, which is a public fundraising effort to help the more than 4,000 West Virginia children in of out-of-home care and the 1,200 children in need of adoption.
Conducted by the West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), the goal of the campaign is to help West Virginia children in crisis.
Jan Vineyard, President of OMEGA, said, “Every child deserves a loving home, and there are too many West Virginia children living with crisis in the family. This campaign will provide funds to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia – which has shelters and assistance programs across the state – to help those children and families in need.”
Vineyard said brightly-colored paper flowers are being sold for one dollar at OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores.
“We are asking the public to join us in this effort by supporting an organization that works to help children in distress,” Vineyard said. “I would encourage individuals who see the campaign in their local convenience or grocery stores to join us in assisting West Virginia children.”
Vineyard said all funds raised will be used by the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to support child assistance programs, such as emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs throughout the state.
Mary White, director of development and philanthropy for the Children’s Home Society, said, “Our organization assisted 13,240 West Virginia children last year and the need for help is overwhelming. This campaign is not only raising awareness about West Virginia children who need help or a family to call their own, but is providing our organization with a greater ability to make a positive impact on children’s lives.”
The OMEGA members participating in the “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home” Campaign include: Little General Stores, Inc., One Stop, Par Mar Oil Company, BFS Foods, Inc., DeFazio Oil Company, Go-Mart, Inc., TWJ, Inc., R. T. Rogers Oil Company, Stop In Food Stores and the Kanawha City Foodland. The campaign runs through Mother’s Day, May 11.
OMEGA raised more than $93,000 during this effort last year and nearly $2 million dollars since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and wellbeing of West Virginia children. “This effort not only gives back to the communities where our members live and work, but it demonstrates the philanthropic nature of our industry. This is a win for all involved: the children, our members and the public.”
For additional information, contact Jan Vineyard at 304-343-5500, or visit the website at www.omegawv.com