CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA), an organization representing convenience stores, independent grocers and petroleum marketers across West Virginia, raised $88,827 to help the children and families cared for by the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia during the “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home” Campaign.
“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,” Jan Vineyard, President of OMEGA, said.
OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores partnered with the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to raise funds that will be used to support child assistance programs, such as emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs throughout the state. Brightly colored, Mother’s Day-themed, paper flowers were sold for one dollar at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores from April 4-May 11 across West Virginia.
Mary White, director of development and philanthropy for the Children’s Home Society, said, “Our organization assisted 13,240 West Virginia children last year and the need for help is overwhelming. This campaign will not only raises awareness about West Virginia children who need help or a family to call their own, but will provide our organization with a greater ability to make a positive impact on children’s lives.”
The OMEGA members participating in the “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home” Campaign include: Little General Stores Inc., One Stop, Par Mar Oil Company, BFS Foods Inc., DeFazio Oil Company, Go-Mart Inc., TWJ Inc., R.T. Rogers Oil Company, Mini Giants, Stop In Food Stores and the Kanawha City Foodland.
OMEGA has raised almost $1.9 million dollars since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and wellbeing 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.”
For additional information, contact Jan Vineyard at 304-343-5500 or visit the website at www.omegawv.com.