The Bath County Christmas Mother Program is looking for specific items

Plans are on track at this point for the Bath County Christmas Mother Program this year.   There are still applicants to be adopted through the program and volunteers will also be needed to help shop for and wrap gifts.

Linda Criser, the 2014 Bath County Christmas Mother, has an update.

“We have received 129 applications and some are still out,” says Criser.   “Of those 129 applications, 110 families have requested food.  Out of that number also 108 families have asked for fuel assistance.  For gifts, we are concentrating more on the children and seniors.  For those 19 to 59 years old we are limiting our spending for the gifts so that we can concentrate on the food and fuel.  And we definitely have the need to have more people adopted, because when more are adopted then that leaves us more money to spend for food and fuel.”

“We’ve had some requests for some unusual things.  Anyone listening who has any of these items in good condition, that they don’t have a use for and want to donate, they can donate them to our shop.  Some of those items are:

any American Indian items – army clothing/helmet—beds (full or queen size) – a chair pad for a recliner – a crib – Dallas Cowboy articles – dog beds – dog kennel – food processor (like a Ninja) – front facing car seat – a guitar – guitar strings — horse blanket (size 34-36) – horse halter and lead straps – infrared heater – jacket for pet dog (size medium) – a mattress – large coffee pot — live traps – microwave – ottoman or footstool – picture album – pillows – silverware – tall oscillating heater – twin size air mattress – used recliner chair – used wood heating stove – walker with a seat on it – wooden toy chest.”

“The Christmas Mother Shop is scheduled to open December 1.  When our shop opens, gifts will come in and our wrapping starts.    We will need shoppers to shop for those applicants who have not been adopted.   If anyone wants to adopt, they can call me at 679-9118 or 839-5672.”

“I just want to thank everyone in the community for all their work on behalf of those in need, for their generosity and willingness to help with the program.”

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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