MACARTHUR, W.V. (LOOTRPESS) – Thursday morning, Little General Stores joined with Arby’s in giving Children’s Home Society of West Virginia (CHS), an organization with 13 primary locations in the state working to help children find lifetime families, a sizeable check.
According to Chris Rose, Director of Technology for Little General Stores, $6,900 was contributed by Arby’s, and $75,000 was given both by Little General and its customers through a Mother’s Day campaign for a total of $81,9000.
Rose stated that, for the month of May, all 110 of the state’s Little General stores sold Mother’s Day flowers to its customers, which raised a bulk of the donation.
“We have been partnering with Children’s Home Society for so many years now. I have lost count of how many years in a row,” Rose said. “They’re just one of our favorite charities that we partner with just because it’s such a great cause.”
Director of Programming for CHS Marilyn Pearce described just how great of an impact a donation of this size will have on CHS and their work in West Virginia.
“Children’s Home Society is the largest, oldest child welfare organization in the state and we have been serving children since 1896,” she began. “Our ability to continue doing that is because of people like Little General, and there are no words for our gratitude.”
With 7,000 children currently in state custody, Pearce says the donation will help some of those children find loving homes- a place they all deserve to have.
The monies given by Arby’s and Little General Stores will stay in the Raleigh County community. According to Pearce, the funds will be split between the organization’s emergency shelter for special needs children located in Daniels and its permanency office for foster care and adoption located inside the School of Harmony in Beaver.
Having served more than 13,000 children statewide last year, CHS, with the help of the donation, can also continue to provide children with the necessities they need and continue to train parents.
“It’s amazing,” Pearce said of the donation. “It’s absolutely wonderful. Little General…they are truly remarkable.”
Visit childhswv.org for more information on CHS.