Parkersburg Woman’s Club’s socks campaign warms hearts

Photo Provided The Parkersburg High School Big Red Varsity Baseball Team, which assisted with gift wrap at Grand Central Mall. Front, from left: Bradyn Griffith, Izek Baldwin, Colsen Forshey, Drew Woofter, Connor Walker, Nolan Brace, Grant Hoylman, Gift Wrap Chair Linda Walker and Co-Chair Jody Stewart. Back: Alan Burns, Kyle Moore.

PARKERSBURG — Following a national trend — not an ugly Christmas sweater, but Christmas socks — the Parkersburg Woman’s Club stuffed Christmas socks with personal-sized items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sweets.

Members filled about 50 pairs of socks and members of New Hope Baptist Church joined the project by donating an additional 50 pairs. Filled socks were distributed to agencies in the community, including Recovery Center, Children’s Home, Parkersburg High School Clothes Closet and area homeless.

During the December membership meeting at Parkersburg Country Club, members and guests displayed their support of the project by wearing “ugly” Christmas socks, leggings and sweaters. Guests from South Parkersburg Woman’s Club included the “Christmas Twins” who dressed head-to-toe in matching Christmas outfits.

The club also conducted its annual gift wrap fundraising project at Grand Central Mall. Volunteers contributed over 500 hours to plan, set up and wrap over a two-week period.

The club supports many scholastic and athletic organizations, including the Parkersburg High School Big Red Varsity Baseball Team. This year the team members assisted with the gift wrap project by moving supplies between the Woman’s Club House and the mall gift wrap site.

Photo Provided Judy Parrish, Pam Godwin and Debbie Sasyn delivering stuffed Christmas socks.

The young men added a valuable part to the successful gift wrap project.

Photo Provided South Parkersburg Woman’s Club “Christmas Twins”