Warmth spread from kinds hearts of community members

TAYLOR COUNTY— This holiday season, it is important to remember that some children may be separated from their families. With the help of the community, one local organization will be providing comfort to area foster children.

To help comfort children who have been placed into the foster care system over the holidays, the PATCH Coalition of Taylor County recently collected blankets to be passed to help children that are placed in foster care through their Warming Hearts in Foster Care Project.

“They don’t often get to take their personal possessions to these places, and we think that a blanket of their own might help them feel a bit more at home and comfortable,” shared PATCH Coalition member Alicia Lyons.

She said that it is important to remind children in this kind of situation that they are not forgotten during the holidays.

Lyons shared that PATCH Member Ashley Kimble came up with the idea for the project.

Kimble shared that she was inspired by Christmas spirit and had an idea to help the children from Taylor County in Foster care.

From there Kimble shared her idea with other organizations and members of the community.

Kimble reported that in Taylor County there are currently 135 children and eight babies who will be having their first Christmas in placement.

On Monday, Lyons revealed that over the course of just a few short weeks they have received 143 plus blankets for the children in foster care in Taylor County.

Kimble stated that they had a total of 189 blankets and a couple on the way.

“The original goal of 143 blankets were just children who are in DHHR custody placed away from their parents, with these extra blankets we can account for new children that have come into care, and other children we work with in the community,” shared Kimble.

They expressed that they would like to thank the GFWC WV Woman’s Club of Grafton, Tygart Electric, LLC Travis & Heather Hudson, Anna Jarvis Elementary Teachers and Bus Drivers, DHHR Staff and their families, Members of the Planned Approach To Community Health Coalition of Taylor County, and their anonymous individuals and groups that contributed to the project.

“I hope these children know how much their community cares about them and their well-being,” Lyons shared.  “Thank you, Taylor County, for being there for our most vulnerable citizens!”

“We knocked this out of the park and cannot thank everyone enough for all of their hard work” voiced Kimble. “This was amazing and a great way to kick off December.”


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