CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Donna Hamra has never had a baby or wedding shower because she never married or had children.
So, she decided to have one big shower anyway and give all the gifts to Covenant House.
"I am of the age that is past child-bearing years," said Hamra, of Charleston. "I am single. I never got married. I have a wonderful life that just keeps getting better and better. I thought let's celebrate my life."
She isn't opposed to the idea of marriage.
"It's possible that I could still get married," she said. "I thought I would be married and be a grandmother by now. Things take different turns. I have no regrets."
Hamra, a chart integrator for Cabot Oil & Gas, lives in Charleston. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, attending live theater performances, going to movies, and attending fundraisers for local charitable organizations. She is the outreach chairwoman for St. John's Episcopal Church, which is a supporter of Manna Meal and Covenant House.
She thought Covenant House would be the perfect choice as a recipient for her shower gifts. The Charleston-based charity has been assisting those in need for more than 30 years. Go to www.wvcovenanthouse.org for information about programs and services.
Hamra, 57, could have held the shower on her upcoming Aug. 1 birthday, but decided not to. She didn't want anyone to be confused and think the gifts were for her.
While she prefers seeing people in person instead of communicating through social media, she joined Facebook as a way of getting the word out about the upcoming shower. So far, people have contributed more than $2,000.
Monetary gifts and unwrapped presents are being accepted to benefit Covenant House clients. Those who are unable to attend the shower may drop gifts off at St. John's Episcopal Church or Covenant House.