"The positive impact that you see in children and families that you help...how has that changed your life?"
"Well that's interesting because I may start crying now I'm sorry. We do have a positive impact on them and I see it when I see a look of relief on their face and they receive the things that they really, really need and they have found a person that can help them," says Coordinator for the MOV Gabriel Project of WV Paula Schuchts.
The Gabriel Project of West Virginia provides families and single mothers with the essentials to care for their children. Tangible items they couldn't otherwise afford.
"I know children are impacted by it. I know things will get better for them. If their parents are smiling, I think they're happier," says Schuchts.
Parents also receive counseling, which in many cases reduces child abuse. It's a statewide campaign that has a strong following in Wood County.
"It's very gratifying to see so many people turn out to support the Gabriel Project which means so much to so many," says President of the Board of Directors for the Gabriel Project Tom Linder.
And that support shows in the number of people who volunteer for the project.
"I think this provides a wonderful opportunity for a mother or a father to help another family who might be in need. It's just a wonderful opportunity, it really is. And they will be touched. They will touch each other's lives in many ways," says Schuchts.
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