MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nurses at WVU Healthcare will hold their 14th annual Community Drive next week in affiliation with the United Way Day of Caring.

Donations will benefit Christian Help, which provides free clothing, food and emergency financial assistance to those in need in Monongalia and Preston counties.

“We really appreciate the community’s response. It has helped the drive progress to where it is today,” Dottie Oakes, M.S.N., WVU Healthcare vice president and chief nurse executive, said. “Every year, Christian Help is overwhelmed by all the clothing received.”

The Community Drive will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the former Foodland building located on the Mileground in Morgantown near John Howard Motors.

The following items are being collected: non-perishable foods; toiletries and personal care items; medical scrub suits; backpacks filled with school supplies; and back-to-school clothes (new or like-new; focus is on preschool size 4-5).

In the meantime, those who would like to drop off items early may do so at WVU Healthcare’s Volunteer Services Office located on the first floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital. Donations will be collected weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 16, through Friday, August 31.

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