UPDATE: More than $88K Raised For Children's Home Society of WV

By: Abbie Schrader, Ashley Rittenhouse Email
By: Abbie Schrader, Ashley Rittenhouse Email
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UPDATE 6/20/2014 3:35 PM

More than $88,000 for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

All raised through the "Every Child Deserves A Loving Home" Campaign.

We told you back in April about the pink paper flower campaign.

They were sold for $1 each at various gas stations and other stores.

The West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association made the big announcement Friday that the campaign raised more than $88,000.

The money goes towards family support programs throughout the state.

"I have seen this time and time again. In times of economic difficulties, when you have a good cause and you have a vision and it goes to good work and you get a lot of people behind it, you can raise all kinds of funds for such a good cause. And this is just a shining example of that," says West Virginia First Lady Joanne Tomblin.

The Children's Home Society helped more than 13,000 West Virginia children last year.

If you stop into any Par Mar Store around the state over the next couple of weeks you're going to see a lot of pink, paper flowers covering the walls, and it's all for a very good cause.

For the past three years the Children's Home Society of West Virginia has teamed up with the O.M.E.G.A Foundation - Oil Marketers and Grocers Association - to raise money for the society, selling paper flowers for $1.

And Friday an event was held at the Par-Mar Store on Division Street where a large number of those flowers have already been sold.

The Children's Home Society says this is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year and all money that's raised stays local.

"Children's Home Society does a multitude of programs throughout the state and we wouldn't be able to do it without the community support," says Carna Metheney-White, child and family services supervisor. "All of the money that's raised helps us to help the children of West Virginia. We served over 13,000 kids last year and we couldn't do it without this help."

Last year's paper flower campaign raised over $93,000.

The flowers will be sold through Mother's Day, May 11.

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