Generosity Brightens Crittenton Residents’ Christmas

Photo Provided Members of the Junior League of Wheeling help wrap gifts for the young women and children served by Crittenton Services.

WHEELING — Thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of the local community, the young women and children in Crittenton Services’ residential program will celebrate an extraordinary Christmas this year.

“A remarkable number of gifts poured in from several businesses, churches and community organizations that took part in Crittenton’s Giving Tree gift program. The spirit of giving is truly alive in the Ohio Valley, and we are so blessed to be a part of that community,” said Cathy Byers, director of marketing.

Among the groups contributing to Crittenton’s Giving Tree were WesBanco, West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit University’s Service for Social Action Center, Doctor’s Urgent Care, Christ United Methodist Church, Elm Grove Christian Church, St. Michael Catholic Church, Becky’s Salon and Secular Franciscans Order.

Crittenton also received both gift and monetary donations from its board of directors members, its staff and administration, Crittenton Cares Volunteers and Special Friends, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and many private and anonymous donors. In addition, members of Delta Kappa Gamma of Belmont County made more than 40 stockings filled with goodies for the residential clients.

Volunteers from the Crittenton Cares Volunteer Program, the Junior League of Wheeling and Delta Kappa Gamma of Marshall County wrapped all of the gifts which will be given to the girls and their children on Christmas Day.

“The traumas and hardships that these young ladies, their children and their families have survived often tarnish the hope and magic of the season, but because of the grace and generosity of our community members, the girls in our program will have the chance to just be kids — giggling, laughing and guessing what’s in that beautiful gift-wrapped box,” said Veronica Reynolds, director of residential services.

Reynolds added, “They will feel like they matter. They will feel like they might actually be worthy of love, respect, peace and joy. Those are the true gifts of the season, and they are priceless.”

Two families currently being served by Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services in Wheeling and Harrisville also will receive numerous gifts for their children, as well as household supplies and food thanks to the generosity of West Liberty University’s human resources department and Crittenton’s management team.