Jennifer Garner – Purchases First Little Red Stocking
Supporting the Children’s Home Society of WV

Charleston, WV – Charleston native and star of the hit TV show Alias, Jennifer Garner kicked off this year’s Little Red Stocking Campaign. “I hope that when people see the Little Red Stockings they will join me in giving to help the kids. The red stocking is a reminder that not all children have been blessed with parents and loved ones that can provide for them.” said Garner.

Funds raised by this annual campaign help the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia continue its mission of providing the highest quality, most compassionate care possible to children in need. Little Red Stocking Fund monies support the Society’s operating budget and thus touch the lives of 7,500 children each year in communities across West Virginia.

More than 350 businesses, schools, and offices across West Virginia (see list) are partnering to gift the gift of hope and happiness for children who have little of either. For just $1.00 you too can give the gift of hope and happiness to these children by purchasing a stocking.

In 2004, the Society cared for 6500 children and 7500 children in 2005. The Little Red Stocking Fund campaign will help the Society care for even more children this year. Although holiday time is fun and exciting for many children, it is often a difficult time for children in out of home care, families in distress, and children and parents impacted by financial concerns, domestic violence and other issues. Many children are without families, not living in their own homes, separated from friends and even family pets. “The critical services and the little extras like holiday gifts that the Little Red Stocking Fund campaign provides year-round to children in need by no means replaces what they have lost in terms of childhood happiness and family stability,” said the Society’s CEO Dennis W. Sutton. “But they are so necessary to helping children rebuild and cope and otherwise retain at least some happy memories of childhood. The donations made through the Little Red Stocking Fund send a message to children and their families that someone cares about them.”

The Little Red Stocking Fund campaign is an annual holiday giving campaign of Children’s Home Societies throughout the United States. For more than 100 years, the red stocking has been the symbol of holiday hope for children and families in need. Each year, local Little Red Stocking campaigns across the nation ensure that children in foster care, those waiting to be adopted, and those enduring family stress receive the quality care they need.

The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of contributors, employees, volunteers and friends. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the communities we serve from around the state. We are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia. We are a member agency of the Children’s Home Society of America, West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and we are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. Our mission is to promote the well-being of children, while enhancing, preserving and strengthening families.

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