LOGAN, W.Va. — Local fire departments, civic clubs and area residents have been working for months collecting toys to be distributed to children in Logan County, regardless of their income. Distribution of those toys will begin today at 5 p.m., when the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department travels within the town limits giving away toys from the Cory “Bird” Price Memorial Toy Drive.
Distribution will continue on Saturday, December 17, beginning at 9 a.m. when the department travels to Chapmanville’s surrounding communities such as Crawley Creek, Godby Branch, Phico, Trace Fork, Big Creek, Logan County Harts area, and more. On Sunday, December 18, beginning at 5 p.m., distribution will include Lincoln County Harts communities like Little Harts, East Fork, Big Harts, and more.
The Man Lions Club and Logan County Station No. 200 will be delivering toys and Christmas cheer to kids of the Triadelphia area beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 17.
For this specific distribution, the group will be servicing the coverage area of the Logan County VFD Station No. 200 which encompasses the following areas: Hensley Heights, Greenville, Greenvalley, Huff Creek, old Rt. 10, and Route 80. The Town of Man Volunteer Fire Department and Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department will be servicing their respective areas on the same day. Each child that comes out to greet Santa will receive a wrapped gift.
In honor of fairness and transparency, the group requests the child be present to receive a gift. Parents and children are encouraged to listen for the sirens and sleigh bells.
The Lake VFD will be distributing gifts to children in their area on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the fire department. Along with gifts, children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa. Light refreshments will also be served.
In Logan, Team Santa will be doing their gift giveaway from one location on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Children can visit “Santa Land,” located across from the Hot Cup to visit with Santa and the Logan fire fighters and see the fire trucks. They do ask that the child be present to receive their gift.
Following the Team Santa Event, there will be a free Polar Express Movie at the Coalfield Jamboree at 6 p.m. Children and parents are invited to attend in their pajamas. Hot Cocoa and pictures taken with Santa will be available.
The Henlawson Fire Department will be passing out Christmas presents beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday to children in the Henlawson, Justice Addition, Pecks Mill, and other areas that the fire department covers during the year.
The Omar Area Crime Watch will have their “Santa run” Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Their tentative schedule is leaving Sarah Ann Church of God at 5 p.m.; bridge at Crystal Block Hollow at 5:15 p.m.; Stirrat church at 5:25 p.m.; God’s Lighthouse at Barnabus at 5:35 p.m.; Omar Community Center at Cow Creek at 5:45 p.m.; the Lumber Camp at Omar at 6:10 p.m.; Omar Community Church at 6:20 p.m.; Sandy Bottom at 6:30 p.m.; Chauncey Church at 6:45 p.m.; Donnie Steele’s Shop at 7:15 p.m.; Switzer Church of God at 7:30 p.m.; New Life FWB Church at 7:45 p.m. and New Day Church at 8 p.m. If it rains, the event will be held at the Omar Community Center from 5-8 p.m.
The Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department will distribute toys on Sunday, December 18, beginning at 9 p.m. at Stereo Video and going to the top of Dingess Mountain and to the top of Harts Mountain until toys are distributed.
Martha Sparks is a reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728.