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Berkeley County CEOS completes Pay it Forward project to help community

Several charities, others helped by clubs' fundraisers

Several charities, others helped by clubs' fundraisers

November 26, 2007

BUNKER HILL, W. Va. - The Berkeley County CEOS recently completed a project called Pay It Forward.

A yard sale held in August raised $500. Nine community CEOS clubs each were given $50 from the proceeds. The individual clubs were instructed to spend the $50 in the community.

The money could be donated to the community in several ways - the individual clubs could add to the amount and donate it, they could donate it outright to an organization or family in need, or they could use the money to purchase supplies for projects that then could be donated once they were completed.

The clubs were given two months to complete the act of Pay It Forward.

The Arden Tabler club donated $50 to the Boys and Girls Club for use toward its facility. The Bedington and Echo Falls clubs donated $50 each to Martinsburg Loaves and Fishes. Mount Clifton matched its $50 and donated $100 to Hedgesville Loaves and Fishes.

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The Bunker Hill club purchased 10 pairs of sweat pants and three pairs of socks, donating them to Bunker Hill Elementary School to keep on hand. The Alzheimer's Walk received $25, while the Young Life Youth Group received $25 from the Fairview club. The Tomahawk club matched its $50 to make a total of $100, which they donated to the new building fund for Hedgesville Fire and Rescue.

With Christmas fast approaching, the Tuscarora club donated its $50 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to be used for their Christmas party. The Vanclevesville club purchased a 50-cup coffee urn and donated it to the Apollo Civic Theatre for use at the theater's concession stand.

Berkeley County CEOS is an organization sponsored by the West Virginia Extension Service. The mission of the organization is to strengthen individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development, and community involvement.

To join the Berkeley County CEOS, call the Berkeley County Extension Office at 304-264-1936.

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