The Woman's Club of South Charleston will have a public event Thursday to benefit the West Virginia University's Children's Hospital.
Those attending the 7 p.m. event are asked to bring an article of children's clothing that will be donated to the children's hospital. Clothing can range in size from infant to adolescent, said Lois Coleman, a woman's club member. There also will be a silent auction to benefit the hospital.
Children often arrive at the Morgantown hospital in emergency situations and without extra clothing on hand, Coleman said.
"A lot of times parents don't even have time to grab their own toothbrush," she said.
Thursday's event is part of a greater effort by 15 General Federation of Women's Clubs in the three counties of the Capitol District that have committed to helping WVU Children's Hospital during a two-year project proposed by the clubs' district president, Lue Chandler. Each club shapes its agenda to serve local needs and helps with the joint project proposed by its district president.
Chandler's project is called Rays of Hope and it has provided a number of needed items and monetary donations for WVU Children's Hospital.
The Woman's Club of South Charleston has invited three local families who have benefited from Ruby Memorial's services to speak, Coleman said. Among them are a local couple whose baby was born with Down Syndrome and a heart problem that required surgery in Morgantown shortly after birth.
Also speaking Thursday will be Lora Edgell, the Children's Miracle Network director for WVU Children's Hospital.