PARKERSBURG - The West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association, an organization representing convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers across West Virginia, has raised $93,515 for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia during a four-week campaign from April 15 to May 12.
"Our members the hundreds of local convenience and grocery stores West Virginians shop in every day are very proud of this effort to make a difference in children's lives and we are very appreciative of the public who truly supported this campaign," said Jan Vineyard, president of O.M.E.G.A.
O.M.E.G.A.-member convenience and grocery stores partnered with the Children's Home Society to raise funds to support child assistance programs such as emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs throughout the state.
Brightly colored, Mother's Day-themed, paper flowers were sold for $1 at nearly 400 O.M.E.G.A.-member convenience and grocery stores across West Virginia.
Mary White, director of development and philanthropy for the Children's Home Society, said, "Our organization assisted nearly 13,000 West Virginia children last year and the need for help is overwhelming. This campaign not only raised awareness about West Virginia children who need help or a family to call their own, but through the graciousness of the public, is providing our organization with a greater ability to make a positive impact on these children's lives."
White said there are approximately 4,000 West Virginia children in some type of out-of-home care today due to crisis in the family. In addition, there are nearly 1,200 children available for adoption.
The O.M.E.G.A. members participating in the Mothers Day Campaign include Little General Stores, One Stop, Par Mar Oil Co., BFS Foods, Inc., DeFazio Oil Company, Go-Mart, Inc., TWJ Inc., R.T. Rogers Oil Co., R.M. Roach & Sons, Sutton IGA and Sunny's One Stop.
O.M.E.G.A. members have raised more than $246,000 in the campaign over the past three years and nearly $1.6 million since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and wellbeing of West Virginia children.
"This effort not only gives back to the communities where our members live and work, but it demonstrates the philanthropic nature of our industry. This is a win for all involved: the children, our members and the public," Vineyard said.