Information and Referral will be signing up for Thanksgiving Baskets on Saturday November the 7th beginning at 9am and continuing until 2pm. This event will be held outside at the 9th St. Library.

You will need to have Social Security Cards for ALL ADULTS in the household, a piece of mail dated within 30 days, and birth dates for any children in the home (this can be something from DHHR, a medical card, etc.)

In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 the following guidelines are in place:

** All individuals will be REQUIRED to wear a mask.

** We ask that only one representative per household attend.

** Everyone must maintain a distance of 6 feet from fellow patrons at all times.



Empty Stockings Stories due to Information & Referral November 13th

Dear Valued Community Partner,

Hard to believe it’s time to think about Empty Stockings again, and getting the stories ready for the Herald Dispatch. But it is that time indeed!

Thanksgiving is November 26th, and the paper likes to print the page on Thanksgiving. They need it ahead of time, so we need them by November 13th. We feel bad when we have to leave people out because the stories didn’t arrive in time, so let’s aim early.

Remember the drill: The people have to be real (but don’t use their actual names), with actual needs that will make their lives better year-round. We are not into getting toys, important as they are, but that’s not the point of Empty Stockings. The people cannot be kin or friends, they have to be actual clients. We are interested in things like pots and pans, blankets, bus passes, gloves and scarves, maybe a couch or a stove. Here’s how it goes:

Tony walks to school every day, and he has worn holes in his shoes. He wears a child’s size 8. New shoes, and maybe even a scarf, hat, and mittens, and he’ll be set! Call YOUR NAME, at YOUR AGENCY, with YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

Brian and Jeff sleep at opposite ends of the couch, but it’s not working out well for a good night’s rest. There is room in their apartment for bunk beds.
Do you have an extra set that would help these boys who do try hard in school?

Please type them up, and send them to or fax them to I&R’s office, 304-399-3501

Thank you so much for helping to make this holiday season brighter for people in our region.

Appreciation and a smile,


Miranda West

RESOURCE – Information & Referral – Important deadlines Thanksgiving Baskets Nov 7 & Empty Stocking Stories Nov 13