Finding Local Help for the Holidays

By: Bill Muray Email
By: Bill Muray Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- J.R. Scarberry's already got a note written to Santa.

The Huntington boy, who lives in a local housing project, is hoping for an electric airplane.

"Christmas is hard to not disappoint your children," says the boy's dad. "I hope he can get it; there's nothing really wrong with homemade gifts."

The office of Information and Referral, which serves Cabell and Wayne Counties, says time is ticking.

"For many agencies, it's already too late to sign up for Christmas," says Francie Roberts-Buchannan with Information and Referral. "We're trying to get as many hooked up as we can to meet their need."

The biggest concern now for the agency is food baskets. This year, they expect them to be tight.

"We've got a lot of national competition," Roberts-Buchannan said. "People have been sending food, money and supplies, to other parts of the state and to the East Coast of the United States for Hurricane Sandy. Fewer people are doing food baskets than they have in the past."

Information and Referral is hoping local families and businesses can step up to the plate by providing a food basket for a needy family.

"We don't have to worry about people going hungry on the holiday; there's always food for Thanksgiving or Christmas Day," Roberts-Buchannan said. "But a basket can provide much needed food for families, for that week, who may have children at home -- children who usually get two meals at school."

Anyone who'd like information on how to donate a basket may contact
Information and Referral at (304) 528-5660.

As more details come in from different agencies around the Tri-State,
we'll post information along where families can go to find help during the upcoming holiday.

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