Par Mar campaign to help kids

PARKERSBURG – Par Mar Stores Friday kicked off a multi-week campaign to raise funds for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

Crowds gathered at the Par Mar store at 720 Division St. to jumpstart a statewide campaign which is being conducted by the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association and their members. The campaign will run through Mother’s Day, May 11.

The stores, which include Par Mar, Go-Marts, One-Stops, Little General, Foodland and Mini-Giants are selling brightly colored pink paper flowers for $1 donation.

“All the funds raised here stay here for the programs of the Children’s Home Society. Those programs include foster care, adoption, early childhood programs, Mid-Town Family Resource Center, emergency shelter, programs for runaways and homeless, mentoring, and many other services and programs,” said Carna Metheney-White, Child Family Services Supervisor at CHS.

This is the fourth year for the fundraising campaign.

“We chose this particular Par-Mar store to have our kickoff because they were the largest selling store, with more than 3,000 flowers sold last year. They were not only the largest seller in Wood County, they were the largest seller in West Virginia. They have been just wonderful,” said Shelley Plauche, CHS regional director.

The store even provided hotdogs and snacks for the kickoff Friday.

“We started selling last Monday and the clerks have already sold 1,300 flowers,” said Dana Mossor, Division Street Par Mar store manager. “The clerks are really good about asking the customers if they want to purchase the flower, if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have been able to sell so many.”

The inside of the store is literally wallpapered with the flowers already with some even hanging from the ceiling.

In addition the store has set up two raffle opportunities, with proceeds also going to the Children’s Home Society here. Drawing for the raffle will be May 9.

The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia assisted more than 13,000 West Virginia children in 2013. There are 4,000 children in the state in some type of out-of-home care today due to crisis in the family. In addition, there are 1,200 children in need of adoption.

For more information on the fundraising campaign, contact Jan Vineyard at 304-343-5500, or visit the website at omegawv.com. For more information on the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia go to their website: childhswv.org. The society has offices at 1717 St. Marys Ave., Parkersburg, 304-485-0650. The society also operates the Arthur N. Gustke Youth Shelter at 1640 St. Marys Ave., Parkersburg.