The Family Resource Network (FRN) of Lewis County received a generous donation of 1,000 dollars on Sept. 11 from a group of pipeline wives, and now the FRN is hoping that the community will match it.
When this mission first began these ladies just wanted to find a small way to give back to the state and communities that had been so welcoming to them, so together they worked on collecting monetary donations, clothing, and basic hygiene products.
“We had an overwhelming response once we began collecting donations. The reason this idea came about is because we noticed the biggest need within the communities were basic needs” said Julie Prejean, one of the wives who helped spearhead the donations.
Majority of the donations came from pipe-liners working across the state, for a multitude of different companies, and the end result far exceeded what any of them thought would be possible.
All together they have raised nearly 27,000 and have donated to 28 different organizations and schools, everywhere between the Fairmont and Summersville areas.
“The FRN does a great job serving the local communities. That is why we are making this donation so it can go towards helping those who are truly in need” continued Prejean.
Director of Lewis County’s FRN, Deanna Palmer said that this donation was going to be a huge help to the organization. The FRN has a total of 51 different projects and programs. One of the biggest is the Backpack Buddies Program that helps local school children in the community by providing them nutritious food each weekend and over holiday breaks.
“When we first began the Backpack Buddies we had around 120 participants each week. That number is now up to 360 per week” said Palmer.
The FRN is now asking that the community match this donation they have received.
“We received this amazing donation and we are asking the community to double that donation by matching it so we can continue to support the backpack buddies program that is 100 percent supported by community donation” continued Palmer.
The FRN plans to track donations as they come in from the community on their Facebook and Twitter. In addition to monetary donations, the organization is also collecting hygiene items, as well as clothing such as winter coats and gloves. Donations can be dropped off at their location on Court Avenue.