PARKERSBURG, W. Va. Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd collects toys, toiletries, clothing, and other everyday needs throught the year. This is the 35th year for the church and this program.
Families in need begin filling out applications early October expressing their need and the church fills the room with those items and allow parents to shop as if they are in a store picking the items for their children.
The church says this year, they will be serving 95 families which totals 350 people. Last year, the church served 65 families.
"A lot of families don't like being in that situation and they are a little reluctant about come forward and asking for help," said Majorie Bevans, director, Memorial Church of the Good Shepard. We're happy to help but we also want them to feel valued and respected and uphold their dignity even though they may have a lot of challenges in their family and their life circumstances."
The church also gives those families a sack of potatoes and homemade cookies.
For families and members of the community, the church has a rummage room offering clothing and household items at a very low cost and is open all year round.