The Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers was formed 10 years ago by Bob Whiteside, who put together a group of friends to help people in need.
The group has been raising and donating money to organizations that help the needy every year since then. On Monday, they give out this year’s checks at the Belmont Hills Country Club.
Their fundraising activities included the Jeffrey Showalter Celebrity Golf Classic, Outback Divine Dinner Down Under and the Knights of Columbus lottery ticket campaign, among others.
Checks were accepted by 27 charitable foundations during Monday’s event. “With that $45,000, we then will have given out $459,233 with absolutely not one penny used as expenses,” said OVCS President, James Carnes.
The money is making an impact over the entire Ohio Valley. One of the organizations that accepted a check was Wheeling Health Right. Executive Director Kathie Brown said the money they received will help provide health care to the people in Belmont County who do not have it. “It’s just, it’s awesome,” she said.
Those receiving the checks included the Salvation Armies of Wheeling and Belmont County, the Martins Ferry Food Pantry, Health Right, Tri-State Help Center, the Coat Closet of Belmont County, the Bridgeport Friendship Food Pantry, A Special Wish Foundation, and many more.
The Christian Soldiers is a charitable foundation, and all donations are tax deductible.