MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Children’s recently received a donation of $50,000 from the proceeds of the 21st Annual Ted Harriman Memorial Log-a-Load for Kids Auction, which was held on Oct. 5 in Elkins.

Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Medicine Children’s (front row, fifth from left), accepts a $50,000 donation from Santa Claus and members of the Mountain Loggers Collaborative Assication and their families.

The event, which is sponsored by the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association (MLCA), auctions off loads of logs and other donated items under the names of contributors. Proceeds from the auction are donated to WVU Medicine Children’s on behalf of the participating forestry and wood-products companies.

MLCA members and their families presented the donation to hospital staff. Afterwards, Santa Claus and members delivered toys to patients. They also left gifts behind for Santa’s Workshop, which allows patients’ families to shop for holiday gifts.

“A number of our members have had children treated at WVU Medicine Children’s over the years,” Secretary Tim Pahl said. “As the Log-a-Load tagline states ‘trees may be our most important renewable resource, but kids are our most precious resource!’ The hospital is such a tremendous resource and a great option for families. We’re just happy to help and bring some joy to the children.” 

To date, the MLCA has donated more than $1.7 million to WVU Medicine Children’s. 

“Our long-standing partnership with the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association has allowed us to make many improvements throughout the years while also assisting with outreach programs,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Medicine Children’s, said. “Just as MCLA members come from West Virginia and other states, their support not only helps our patients from Morgantown but also the surrounding region.” 

The Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association Log a Load for Kids Fund is a component fund of Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc., a charitable, non-profit organization founded to promote philanthropy and build endowment funds to enhance the quality of life for those the organization serves.

WVU Medicine Children’s – currently located on the sixth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. In 2020, WVU Medicine Children’s will move into a new, 10-story tower to be attached to Ruby Memorial. For more information, including ways to support the $60-million capital campaign for Children’s new home, visit www.wvumedicine.org/childrens.

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