The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 11, 2013

New Haven Christmas Project in eighth year of serving area

By Steve Keenan
Staff Writer

— A lot of love will be on display at Midland Trail High School this Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14, the New Haven Christmas Project will conduct its eighth annual Christmas party at the Hico school, according to director Rick Lewis. Children primarily from the New Haven area and their families will converge at MTHS to receive Christmas gifts, coats and a meal.

Each year, the project serves numerous local children and their families, Lewis said. There are no income guidelines, and project organizers work with local schools and community organizations to register the families to be served.

This Saturday, volunteers will be on hand to wrap presents that children choose. Representatives of the dental office of Dr. William Klenk are also on hand.

Food collected during a drive at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building is also distributed to local food pantries.

Over the past few weeks, the project has received donations of money and goods from a variety of local individuals and businesses. Lewis praised those who have helped make the project a success over the years.

“We rely on churches, businesses and the community for the project to succeed,” he said.

To arrange a donation or for more information, call Lewis at 304-573-8220, or mail monetary donations to: P.O. Box 100, Ansted, WV 25812.

While the big day is Saturday and donations will be accepted until then, Lewis stresses that donations are sometimes utilized right up until Christmas for families who aren’t served this weekend.