Church volunteers help House to Home

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First Presbyterian Church’s mission was to help create a children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg and donate toys for young children. From left are Jessy Towner of House to Home, Dawn Eddy of House to Home and Kay Dunn and Barbara Lucas from First Presbyterian Church.

Photo Provided First Presbyterian Church’s mission was to help create a children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg and donate toys for young children. From left are Jessy Towner of House to Home, Dawn Eddy of House to Home and Kay Dunn and Barbara Lucas from First Presbyterian Church.

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg have remodeled and painted the children’s corner at House to Home, 413 Eighth St.

The church volunteers also have delivered toys for young children staying at the day shelter.

Barbara Lucas, from the mission and outreach committee of First Presbyterian Church, said children staying at House to Home had no designated place to play. So the volunteers set up a children’s area.

Kay and Wayne Dunn and Lucas painted the floor and walls in the children’s corner. Kay Dunn and Lucas also delivered toys to the shelter from the First Presbyterian Church congregation.

Paul Brooks and others made a book case for the children’s corner. New curtains were placed in the House to Home office and children’s corner.

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The remodeled children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg.

Photo Provided The remodeled children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg.

“The congregation did a fabulous job. They came through,” Lucas said. The work began in September and was completed in October.

Jessy Towner, director of operations at House to Home, said the church volunteers did a great job at the shelter.

“The little kids were excited and happy to get the new toys,” said Towner.

Towner said House to Home sees three to six children under the age of 6 almost daily. When school is out for a holiday or the weather turns colder, more children will seek shelter at House to Home with their parents, she said.

House to Home will provide a daytime home for 50-70 adults at times, sometimes as many as 80 adults, Towner said.

The children’s corner allows the youngsters to have their own area to sit in and “be a kid,” Towner said.

“We are seeing more and more kids,” Towner said. “The numbers are increasing.”

House to Home is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The day shelter is doing the best it can despite funding cutbacks and an increasing need, Towner said.

To raise money for operational costs, House to Home is selling tickets for a chance to win a 4 1/2-foot stocking, filled with restaurant gift cards, kids toys, designer purses, tools and other items.

Tickets are $20 with the drawing set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22. The last day to buy a ticket is Dec. 21. Call House to Home at 304-893-5353 for tickets.

There will be a live Facebook feed on the ticket drawing day.

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