PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg Children's Home can begin to look a lot like Christmas, with a little help from the community.
The shelter is asking for donations for the every day needs of children, said shelter supervisor Denise Hughes.
"The kids are excited," she said. "We try to plan something nice to brighten up their holiday."
Hughes said the 10 children housed in the shelter have each been "adopted" by a family in the community to help give them the gifts they will soon write on their Christmas list.
The community has been a great support system for them, but there are always necessities for children they won't turn down receiving year-round. Pillows, toilet paper, paper towels and general toys are some items in high demand, she said.
"We've been around for quite a long time, close to 40 years," Hughes said. "We are always looking for donations for Christmas that will benefit the shelter and future residents such as games, puzzles, movie passes and bowling passes."
Where To Go
Donations can be sent or picked up at:
* Arthur N. Gustke Child Shelter, 1640 St. Marys Ave., P.O. Box 763, Parkersburg
Shelter officials are hoping for a special meal to be donated for the children who will spend Christmas at the shelter. Hughes said some children have an open adoption and will be able to spend Christmas day with their family, others are not as lucky.
"We normally have had a Christmas meal donated," she said. "But that has not happened as of yet."
Ages of the children accepted by the shelter are from 10 to 18, and they have 10 beds, she added. This will be Hughes' 17th year; she started as a social worker and has been the supervisor for almost four years.
Officials are asking for the community's help in providing the children with a great holiday experience. Hughes said donations can be dropped off at the shelter or can be picked up.