The Arc gives Christmas to those in need

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Everyone is busy this time of year, trying to get their holiday shopping complete. But volunteers from a local group shopped for strangers tonight, who otherwise wouldn't get anything for Christmas.

The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley had nearly 100 volunteers shopping and then wrapping gifts for people with special needs.

They shopped for 240 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who's ages range from 13 to 86.

Volunteers had wish lists for each recipient so they get exactly what they need. Once every wish list was shopped for, the gifts were shuttled back to The ARC’s office to be wrapped.

Christina Smith is the Executive Director of the Arc MOV. She says, "In addition to the gifts that are purchased for each individual through the wish list, the 250 individuals served through this project will receive some home baked cookies, housekeeping items [and] toiletry packs. "

Smith adds, "We are so appreciative of the support of this community because without the support of this community the arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley would not be able to serve the children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that we do each year."

The gifts will be delivered on Dec. 14. This was the 19th year the Arc held its Secret Christmas Shop and Wrap event.

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