Groups providing help during the pandemic

ELKINS — Local organizations are making active efforts to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Way of Randolph County is heading the MASKS4WV effort locally, which encourages those who can to create face masks to be donated to front line staff members in local agencies.

Masks have already been donated to frontline workers at the Randolph County Senior Center, the North Central WV Community Action Homeless Shelter and Davis Medical Center, according to information shared by the organization.

“We are in need of elastic and 100% cotton material donated to make masks,” a United Way of Randolph County Facebook post states, adding that a drop-off tote for both the completed masks and the supplies needed to make masks is located at Valley Independent Baptist Church in Huttonsville.

Other pick-up or drop-off arrangements can be made by calling the United Way of Randolph County at 304-636-0516.

Also in Randolph County, Catholic Charities West Virginia is currently taking donations at its office in the Tygart Valley Mall in Elkins; the April need of the month is healthy snacks, while the personal need of the month is laundry detergent.

In Tucker County, the Tucker County Family Resource Network & Family Resource Center is continuing its backpack feeding program and is available to provide emergency hygiene supplies and diapers to less fortunate families during the COVID-19 crisis.

To donate so the local organization may continue its efforts, see the Paypal donate button at www.TuckerCountyFRN.org or send a check addressed to the TCFRN at 100 Education Lane, Parsons, WV 26287.

Also in Tucker County, Thomas-based artist Seth Pitt is donating 50% of sales from his Etsy site to the Tucker County Resource Network until the end of April, “giving aid to those who need it most in Tucker County,” he wrote on his Facebook page


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