PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Those in our community with special needs and little family around will get a Christmas surprise, thanks to a local organization.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been receiving Christmas gifts from the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley for over 30 years.
They call more than 60 volunteers to help shop at the south side Walmart, and wrap the presents for the more than 250 people who won't qualify for other holiday gift programs.
The gifts will be delivered next Thursday and Friday. Organizers say the Arc works with these individuals year round, and they couldn't make Christmas happen for them without the help of volunteers.
Executive Director, Liz Ford, says, “It's just really important to help people out in our community to bring the spirit of Christmas to them. And the great thing with us is we're able to collaborate with so many partners that really want to make a difference. Young people from different schools in the area, all kinds of agencies in the area.”
The Arc is still accepting monetary donations for their Christmas program. They're taking cookie donations to give out as well.