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WV campaign launches to help children in need

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WV First Lady Joanne Tomblin takes part in launch event at the State Capitol. WV First Lady Joanne Tomblin takes part in launch event at the State Capitol.
CHARLESTON, WV -

The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association launched a campaign on Friday to raise funding and awareness about West Virginia children in crisis. More than 4,000 West Virginia children are in of out-of-home care, according to a news release from OMEGA, and the 1,200 children in need of adoption.

As part of the launch event at the State Capitol, West Virginia's First Lady, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, read to children who are currently in the care of the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

The "Every Child Deserves A Loving Home" Campaign will raise funds for the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. Brightly-colored paper flowers will be sold for one dollar at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores across the state. Funds 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. "We are so pleased and honored to have them as a partner to raise the money that goes directly to help the children all around the state, because the children are the state's future," said Trish Chafin, West Virginia Children's Home Society.

OMEGA raised more than $93,000 during this effort last year and nearly $2 million dollars since 2003 for charities that improve the health, safety and well being of West Virginia children.