Applications for NCWVCAA Forgotten Angel available Nov. 1

TAYLOR COUNTY—To help ensure that the Christmas Spirit is alive and well in all children, regardless of economic standing, one local organization is once again stepping forward to supply gifts.

North Central West Virginia Community Action Association (NCWVCAA) will soon be kicking off their annual Forgotten Angel Program to aid less fortunate families. 

The Forgotten Angel Program is designed to assist a limited number of families in the community with obtaining holiday gifts for children ages birth to 17 and will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, November 1. Applications may be submitted through Wednesday, November 30.

According to Charlotte Green Community Case Manager for NCWVCAA, applications are available for pickup Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Taylor County Community Action office, located at 20 E. Main Street, Grafton.

Those taking part in the program must present proof of guardianship, a birth certificate or a court order for each child who will be enrolled. In addition, families must provide proof of household income.

In order to be eligible for the program households must meet certain requirement criteria, and Green notes that submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

“Those wishing to take part may contact our office for application requirements,” she shared. 

Green also shared that while there are other holiday assistance programs in the area, Forgotten Angels accepts a broad range of children from birth all the way up to their senior year of high school. 

“We do accept teenagers into the program, where others in the area do not. In the past we’ve had groups assist with special teen toy drives to help meet this need, as well,” she revealed. “However, if you have already signed up with another agency, you will not be eligible to receive this service.”

Green further disclosed that all applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

All applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30. 

“Applications received after that date and time will not be considered for this year’s program,” Green noted.

She went on to explain that donations are key to making the program successful, as its operation is solely dependent on offerings from the community.

“We do not receive any grants or government funding for our Forgotten Angel Program. We heavily rely on the generosity of our local citizens, churches and groups to help make this time of year special for those that are in need,” she stated. 

Not only do donations keep the program going, but the amount of donations received also determines how many families they are able to assist. 

“Our flyer states we accept a limited number of applications. This is limited by the amount of donations we received. If we only get a few items for a certain age range, then we can only give out those few items,” explained Green. 

“We have always been able to provide at least one gift per child, but thanks to community support, we can usually provide a nice Christmas for all children,” she added.

Monetary donations are accepted, as well as donations of toys. All toys must be new and in original packaging. Those wishing to donate are asked to please call their office at 304-265-3200 to arrange a drop off time. 

For more information, please call Green or Dianna Duvall at the NCWVCAA Taylor County office at 304-265-3200. Additionally, emails may be submitted to [email protected] for more information.


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