Stuff-a-Thon a success

American Heritage Girls Troop No. OH7777 of Martins Ferry held its 3rd annual HUGS Duffle Bag Stuff-a-Thon recently at the First Christian Church.

Troop members, leaders and parents gathered together to fill duffle bags for 44 children wo will be taken into foster care during the course of the next year in the Belmont County area.

Troop OH7777 began work on the project on National Make-a-Difference Day in October 2008 by collecting donations at the Kroger stores in Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville. The troop also held a Blanket-Making Party in February and tied a homemade fleece blanket for each of the duffle bags. The troop is proud to include age-appropriate items in each bag, including a Bible, small toys, stuffed animals, hand-held electronic games, books, school supplies and toiletries.

Members of the Belmont County Dept. of Job & Family Services were on hand to collect the filled duffle bags.

The troop would like to thank the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers for their generous donation of $500 toward the HUGS Project, as well as Dr. Ricardo Zambito for his gracious donation of dental hygiene items for each bag.The troop also thanks each individual who dropped some coins or bills into its collection jar. All of those donations added up to make a huge difference in the lives of hurting children.