"Fill the Truck for Local Kids!" will take place Saturday at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, including Moundsville and New Martinsville.
The involvement by these two local stores will enable the Moundsville Salvation Army Corps, which serves Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties, to fulfill its Angel Tree project. Some 500 youngsters in the three counties receive Christmas gifts thanks to the Angel Tree.
According to Capt. Janna Torgerson of the Moundsville Salvation Army Corps, this is Wal-Mart's 20th year working with the Salvation Army during the Christmas season, and its 50th year in business. In observance of these two milestones, store managers wanted to assist the Salvation Army in helping the less fortunate.
Shoppers are encouraged to purchase toys and coats. The local Salvation Army Corps is placing emphasis on toys, although coats will be accepted. Donations can be made while shopping at Wal-Mart stores and while customers are on the way to their vehicle. Donated items can be left with volunteers at trucks with Salvation Army markings.
Flyers have been printed listing some of the toys which people might want to consider purchasing. The flyers will be available at the Salvation Army vehicles, which will be parked near the entrances to Wal-Mart, and inside the stores.
As to the Angel Tree, Torgerson points out that some individuals after taking a name from an Angel Tree, for some reason do not follow up, and thus the Salvation Army at the last minute needs to purchase toys for those youngsters whose names were picked but items not returned.
Torgerson pointed out that the "Fill the Truck" effort will replace locally what formerly was provided through the Marines' "Toys For Tots" campaign. Since the Marine unit departed Moundsville, the Salvation Army has had to purchase toys for its annual Angel Tree undertaking.
Volunteers including Salvation Army board members and National Honor Society members from John Marshall High School will be at the Moundsville Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 8, while the same day Magnolia High School National Honor Society members will be at the New Martinsville Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The 5th annual Marshall County Strings Program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the John Marshall High School Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature combined performances from students in grades 4-9 from Cameron, Center McMechen, Central, Glen Dale, Hilltop, Sand Hill and Washington Lands Elementary Schools, as well as Moundsville and Sherrard Middle Schools, and Cameron and John Marshall High Schools.
The concert will be under the direction of Shelby Clark and Justin Jones, and accompaniment will be provided by Mary Hanley on piano and John Marshall High School percussionist Natalie Marsh.
Izzie Keim, a JMHS junior, will be a guest vocalist performing "Where Are You Christmas?" from the movie, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Donations will be accepted at the door, and a reception of cookies and baked goods will follow the performance.
Marshall County Strings Students will also be performing throughout the holiday season at the Marshall County Tree Auction on Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex, and at the Sherrard Middle School Choir and Strings Winter Concert.
Also, Monday evening an old-fashioned Christmas Sing-A-Long will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Benwood-McMechen Public Library, 201 Marshall St., McMechen. It will feature music by Wesley Howsare, and an appearance by Santa.
The fun-for-all ages program is free and open to the public, with holiday treats included.
It will be co-sponsored by the Baker Family of Moundsville, with cookies provided by the Woman's Club of McMechen.
For more information, call the library at 304-232-9720.
A similar event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.
The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Tree Gala Auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville, with about 25 decorated Christmas trees to be sold to the highest bidders, along with wreaths and centerpieces.
While the auction is free and open to the public, prior to the auction, at 5 p.m., there will be the monthly Business After Hours event, also sponsored by the chamber.
The 10th annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the law office of Gold, Khourey & Turak at 510 Tomlinson Ave., Moundsville.
The festivities will begin with the Moundsville Fire Department escorting Santa through the city on his fire engine "sleigh" before arriving at the office, where children can have their pictures taken with Santa until 6 p.m.
Members of the Opus Music Club, along with several Gentlemen Singers, will sing Christmas carols from 5-5:30 p.m. The official lighting of the 17-foot tree will be by State Auditor Glen Gainer III at 5:30 p.m.
The tree was donated by Wierzbicki Christmas Tree Farm in Lansing.
Holiday treats will be provided by Jayne's Cookie Jar and Tina's Sweet Celebrations in the lobby.
The annual Christmas Concert presented by members of the Opus Music Club, Moundsville, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, Moundsville.
"Christmas Joy!" is the theme of the concert.
A free-will donation will be accepted with all donations providing for Marshall County students who are furthering their education in music and the arts.
The John Marshall High School DECA Chapter is selling Christmas Spirit Ornaments which have been hand-blown by Moundsville glass artisan Fred Wilkerson.
The items can be purchased by calling the Marketing Education/DECA classroom at 304-843-4444, extension 148.
According to Cindy Nicholson, DECA advisor and facilitator of the school's Marketing Education program, the sale helps give students a glimpse of the once-thriving glass industry in the area and state, and the success of artisans who have created new entrepreneurial ventures as ornamental glass artisans by creating "made in West Virginia" products.