Outreach Organizations Teams Up with Local Middle to Help Low-Income Families for the Holidays


Students and staff at Moundsville Middle school were busy helping members of Appalachian Outreach Incorporated prepare for Christmas, Tuesday.

Thousands of people in the Mountain State and across the country wake up everyday without enough money to buy hygiene products like soap and shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Another issue they may face is waking up during the holiday season not to receive any gifts, but with the help of Appalachian Outreach Incorporated, the students and staff at Moundsville Middle School, as well as the Leo Club; that may not be the case for many people around the Mountain State this upcoming Christmas season. “We have the students volunteering here, their time during their phys. ed. classes and health classes to wrap Christmas presents here for Appalachian Outreach,” said teacher, Mike Sforza.

Members with Appalachian Outreach Inc. reached out to the faculty at Moundsville Middle School to see if they could come in and help teach a lesson that might not otherwise be able to be taught in a classroom. That lesson is about giving back and community service. The students had been busy all day working to prepare 5,000 bags of gifts to be delivered to people in and around the West Virginia this holiday season, “The junior high has volunteered, the school has been gracious to allow us to use their gymnasium to set up the tables and they’re doing an assembly lines. We’re doing packing and wrapping today,” said Appalachian Outreach Incorporated Co-Founder, Diane Reinke.

Appalachian Outreach services those in need in thirty counties and Reinke said she will start to personally deliver the Christmas gifts starting the first two weekends of December. If you would like to get involved Appalachian Outreach is always looking for folks to volunteer their time to help others from in and around the mountain state. For more information click here to visit the organization’s website.

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