HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – When children are placed in the foster care system, it can be difficult for them to adjust. While social workers do their best to find them a home, they also strive to create a child-friendly environment.
With a few helping hands and a little elbow grease, the children’s home will have its first playground on site. Chapter 313 of Elk’s Lodge in Huntington donated the structure and offered to build it on Saturday morning.
The lodge received grants this year, which makes projects like this possible. Volunteers say that being able to help, whatever the cause, is their reason for being.
Our motto is “Elk’s Care, Elks Share” and the charitable part of it is who we all are and that… It brings me home.
Paulette Goheen, Elks Lodge volunteer
The project took only a few hours and representatives of the children’s homes company say their children are very enthusiastic.
The Huntington and Ona Children’s Home Society is dedicated to helping children find lifelong families and working to preserve and strengthen those families. Permanent social worker Brittany Wilt says there are more than seven thousand foster children in Mountain State.
They are currently looking for families willing to intervene in one way or another to help these children find their permanent home.
The need is absolutely huge and I can’t stress it enough, so we really need people to be willing to open their hearts and treat these children as if they were one of their own.
Brittany Wilt, permanent social worker
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