photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post does something special for Martinsburg children every year, but people who are mentally and physically handicapped are often left out, said VFW member Paul Arvin.
This year, Arvin and his friends at VFW Post 896 in Martinsburg set out to change that.
They went to businesses in town and collected money and merchandise to throw a big Christmas party for the disabled.
"It didn't cost the post a dime. We raised all the money ourselves" said Arvin.
VFW members raised more than $1,000, which helped pay for hamburgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, oranges and soda for the party. Businesses donated gifts, including clothing, toys and games.
About 155 guests, many of whom live in group homes in the Martinsburg area, turned out for the party at a community room in the Berkeley Plaza Monday afternoon.