It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Crittenton Services! Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of our local community, the young women and children in Crittenton’s residential program will celebrate an extraordinary Christmas this year.
“A remarkable number of gifts poured in from several businesses, churches, schools and community organizations that took part in Crittenton’s Giving Tree gift program. The spirit of giving is truly alive in the Ohio Valley,” said Cathy Byers, Director of Marketing.
Among the groups contributing to Crittenton’s Giving Tree were Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Cabela’s, Valley Hospice, Ohio Valley Jaycees, Christ United Methodist Church, St. Michael’s Church, St. Vincent’s School, Roneys Point Church, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Liberty University, and many private donors, employees and friends of Crittenton. In addition, members of Delta Kappa Gamma of Belmont County made over 40 stockings filled with goodies for the residential clients.
“Many of the young women and children in our residential program have lacked a warm safe home, a loving supportive family, or the resources to meet their basic needs—they have not experienced the hope and magic of the season. The grace and generosity of our community members allows our clients to enjoy the season and just be kids...giggling, laughing, guessing what's in the boxes with her name on them. They will help their children unwrap and play with their new toys. Most importantly, each of these lovely girls will feel like they matter, are cared for, and are worthy of love, respect, peace, and joy,” said Veronica Reynolds, Director of Residential Services.
Volunteers from the Crittenton Cares Volunteer Program, Delta Kappa Gamma of Marshall County, and the Ladies League of Marshall County wrapped all of the gifts which will be given to the girls and their little ones.
The residents at Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center at Wheeling Hospital adopted a family currently being served by Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services, an outpatient and home-based counseling service. The family will receive a generous amount of gifts for their children, as well as household supplies and food.
Crittenton Services provides a continuum of behavioral health care, serving more than 1700 West Virginia clients annually. For more information on Crittenton Services and its behavioral health programs and services, as well as volunteering opportunities, go to www.florencecrittenton.net.