CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin recently thanked West Virginians for showcasing our heritage of abundant generosity this holiday season. Through two efforts, state employees, friends, and neighbors came together to provide food for those in need and holiday gifts for children.
"It always warms my heart to see the outpouring of support that quickly arrives after West Virginians are asked to help another," Tomblin said. "From the Wheeling woman who sent me two dollars-all she could spare-to help feed those affected by the derecho earlier this year, to the hundreds of people who opened their hearts this holiday season, to make sure it was a bright and glorious celebration for our children, I am truly grateful."
This year, hundreds of toys were donated to the U.S. Marine Corp's annual Toys for Tots drive at the State Capitol Complex.
In addition, the Governor and First Lady asked holiday revelers to bring non-perishable food to the holiday parties held earlier this month. The Huntington Area Food Bank and the Mountaineer Food Bank, which supply food to pantries located across the state, received more than 1500 pounds of food this month.
"The spirit of the giving season made these efforts a success and I hope as the New Year arrives, we continue our heritage of generosity because no one should go hungry," said First Lady Tomblin.