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Twirlettes group donates blankets to facilities

The Inter-Mountain photo by Haley Gordon From left are members and representatives of the Pure Country Twirlettes, including Sherry White, Zoey White, Amanda Hinchman, Sara Hinchman, Instructor Cindy Harper and Randolph County Humane Society representative Karen Beard. The Twirlettes held a blanket drive and split the blankets between the Humane Society and the Randolph County Homeless Shelter.

Editor’s note: The Inter-Mountain’s Comfort and Joy series will continue in each edition leading up to Christmas.

ELKINS — Representatives of Pure Country Twirlettes decided to give back to the community by donating blankets to the Randolph County Humane Society and the Randolph County Homeless Shelter.

“The reason that Pure Country Twirlettes did the blanket fundraiser is because (the community) helps us with our fundraiser to get our uniforms and we wanted to give back to the Humane Society and the Homeless Shelter,” said Sara Hinchman, one of Pure Country’s twirlers. “It was really fun.”

The girls in the group, who range from ages 3-18, gathered a total of 29 blankets to be split between the two organizations.

“We asked each parent to bring in two throws per person, and they brought them in, we put them all together, and split them,” said Betty Hale, advisor for the Pure Country Twirlettes.

“As a group, we thought that the community helps us out a lot with our fundraisers and we just wanted to give back,” said Hale.

The twirlettes chose the Humane Society and homeless shelter because they felt that the facilities would benefit most from warm blankets in the oncoming winter weather.

“I just thought, well, it’s so cold. The poor Humane Society has such a hard time, and the people that are in the homeless shelter,” said Hale. “It wasn’t a lot. It was a way to give back to the community, but we decided on those two places because (they) would need them.”

Pure Country Twirlettes began training and performing together approximately 10 years ago.

“We started with about five to eight people, and in the last 10 years, it’s grown and we have about 25 now,” said Hale.

“Our main (event) is our fundraiser in June, which the community has really stepped up and helped us with,” said Hale. “We decided that they’re so good to help us out and we wanted to help them out.”

The fundraiser in question gathers money to buy uniforms for Twirlettes who can’t afford them.

“It’s really something for the girls, to get them out of the house after school and learn new skills,” said Hale, who also agrees that the program boosts self-esteem in the girls.

Hale said the girls had a great time helping out those in need.

“We’re community oriented because the community helps us,” she said.