The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association announced Monday its members raised $93,515 for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia during a recent four-week fundraising campaign.
Nearly 400 convenience and grocery stores sold Mother's Day-themed paper flowers for $1 each to help raise money for the organization, which supports child assistance programs like emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and family support programs throughout the state.
"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 the group.
Vineyard said the organization has raised more than $246,000 through the campaign over the last three years. Since 2003, its members have raised nearly $1.6 million for charities devoted to improving the health, safety and well-being 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," Vineyard said. "This is a win for all involved: the children, our members and the public."