The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 15, 2014


West Virginians willing to help

Outsiders can say what they will about West Virginians — but they can’t say we’re stingy.

Time after time after time, we band together to help our neighbors out of a jam, aid someone down on their luck or otherwise in a bad way.

Is there a serious illness in the family? Watch for a bean dinner to help with expenses.

A family is burned out of their home? Pretty soon they will have all the clothes and household goods they need, courtesy of donations from around the community.

West Virginians want to help. It’s our nature.

Opportunities to continue showing that generosity continue this week and all summer long.

Theatre West Virginia — itself just getting back on its feet after some financial difficulties — puts its own woes on the back burner as it offers up the first of three successive “Pay What You Wish Wednesdays.”

Folks who attend “Hatfields and McCoys” on Wednesdays pay whatever price of admission they want. Half of that night’s gate will benefit three local charities, in succession, Just For Kids Inc., Hospice of Southern West Virginia and the Raleigh County Humane Society.

TWV General Manager Scott Hill said theater officials don’t want finances to keep anyone from seeing the wonderful drama acted out on the stage at Grandview’s Cliffside Amphitheatre.

“This is a way the theater can give back to the community, which has given so much to help us this season,” he commented.

Hospice will benefit from a different kind of event in August when Fayette County native and “Say Yes to the Dress — Atlanta’s” Monte Durham hosts “Say Yes to Hospice” at Black Knight Country Club. A fashion show and auction will benefit Hospice, which serves the needs of individuals suffering from life-limiting illnesses and the individuals caring for them.

Just last Friday night, hundreds participated in Relay for Life to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

This Friday, the 11th Annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair begins and will benefit youth programs at the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.

The United Way of Southern West Virginia’s 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars event is well on its way to entertain us in September and the couples are planning preliminary events to raise even more money. Angela Crook and Andrew Thymius are planning a dance flash mob Saturday somewhere in Beckley.

No matter the cause, we’ll devise a way to raise money to fund it.

That’s the wonderful thing about living in West Virginia. We squabble, sure. But push come to shove — we’ve got each other’s backs.

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