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April 19, 2020

WV Strong: Lillian Rubenstein, Marion County

by Senator Joe Manchin

This story of a Better Angel came in from Becky Pack of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond. Girl Scout, Lillian Rubenstein, from Marion County, started sewing masks for members of her family and has since branched out to make masks for medical professionals. So many of our state and national leaders got their start as Scouts. I’m so proud of Lillian for using her resources and creativity to make a difference in her … Continue Reading

April 18, 2020

WV Strong: John Tobin, Berkeley County

by Senator Joe Manchin

This next story of a Better Angel comes from Inwood, WV. J&T’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill is a locally owned, 3rd generation small business, owned by John Tobin. Since the closing of schools they have served hundreds of free meals to kids via carryout. They have also turned the fence around their business into a “fence of fondness” where community members stop and put up a sign general or personal thanking front line workers and businesses. They are also delivering meals to local … Continue Reading

April 17, 2020

WV Strong: Public Safety Telecommunicators

by Senator Joe Manchin

This year, as we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we are doing so at a time when many of our unsung, everyday heroes have been thrust onto the front lines in an unprecedented way. I am proud to take the time to acknowledge that these individuals are the gold thread holding us all together in these uncertain times, and I invite our entire statewide community to do the same.It is vital that public safety communicators are acknowledged for the work they do every day, … Continue Reading

April 16, 2020

WV Strong: Americorps Volunteers

Today’s Better Angels are all of our AmeriCorps volunteers, like Mykaela Handschumacher from Pleasants County (pictured).The Coronavirus crisis has left many students feeling frightened, worried and overwhelmed. During this time of need, Education Alliance AmeriCorps Mentors are continuing their service mentoring 900 students in 35 schools across West Virginia.They are helping by:-Virtual mentoring, which includes phone calls, emails, video mentoring sessions.-Mailing home letters … Continue Reading

April 15, 2020

WV Strong: Brooke Grantham, Jefferson County

Today’s Better Angel is Brooke Grantham, a Jefferson High School and Fairmont State graduate who is now serving as a travel nurse in New York City. Brooke is one of the many health care professionals working long shifts and making due with the supplies that are available. Though her contract is up soon, she said she plans to sign on for another 21-day commitment. Thank you Brooke, and all nurses and essential workers, for your life-changing efforts.Brooke Grantham is kneeling center, … Continue Reading

April 13, 2020

WV Strong: Ben Shumiloff

I want to thank Shalee Shumiloff for sending me today’s Better Angel, Ben Shumiloff.Since it is Autism Awareness Month, Shalee wanted to share the story of how her son, Ben is being WV Strong through this tough time.Shalee said that with school closed, she feared that a lack of normal routines would throw him for a loop. But in Shalee’s words:“He is doing word searches, math, painting and watching his favorite shows. He loves his puppy. He asks a lot of questions. He wants to fill in … Continue Reading

April 11, 2020

WV Strong: Amanda Joy Ward, Nicholas County

by Senator Joe Manchin

Today, I have a very special Easter story.This very special story comes from Kris Ward in Nicholas County. Kris sent this better Angel story about her daughter, Amanda Joy Ward.When I was Governor, Kris was working as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Every year, we had a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt, and Kris would attend.We usually had it on the Capitol grounds, but that year the weather was so dreary, we had to move it inside the Capitol. Kris's young daughter, Amanda Joy, was participating in … Continue Reading

April 11, 2020

WV Strong: Andy Colandrea, Jefferson County

by Senator Joe Manchin

Today’s Better Angel comes from the Eastern Panhandle. I want to thank Andy Colandrea and the team at Andy’s Pizza for working around the clock to raise money to help feed the children of Ranson and Charles Town. They have been diligently working to make sure these children do not go without and it an honor to showcase their team … Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

WV Strong: Bert Caswell

by Senator Joe Manchin

On this Good Friday, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthyI’ve been seeing so many great WV Strong stories. Every day, I’m so proud to share a story with you. Today’s better Angel is Bert Caswell, who wrote a wonderful poem that is dedicated to all our heroes on the frontlines of this pandemic.Bert’s poem is called “America, We’ve Been there … Continue Reading

April 09, 2020

WV Strong: Angela Collier, Boone County

Today's story of a Better Angel comes from Robin Bowman, the LifeBridge AmeriCorps Director. She sent in a story from one of our AmeriCorps workers, Angela Collier, who is serving at a high school in Boone County. The first few days the school focused on planning - Planning food preparations, educational packets and everything else in between. Angela kept trying to find new ways to be able to reach students so they would have all the information they needed. She and everyone involved … Continue Reading

April 09, 2020

WV Strong: Beth Fitzgerald, Harrison County

I want to thank Beth Fitzgerald for sending me today’s Better Angels. A group of dedicated West Virginians are working together to feed more than 500 at-risk seniors. Because of the work of the Mountaineer Food Bank, the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center, United Rentals and the WV National Guard, seniors in Harrison County can stay at home and remain healthy. It’s truly inspiring to see everyone pitching in to do what they can. The Mountaineer Food Bank supplied two months of food, The … Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

WV Strong: Karl and Danielle Johnson, Hot Meals for WV Heroes

I am so very proud of the Hot Meals for WV Heroes - Frontline Foods WV, started by Karl Johnson and his wife Danielle, for their efforts that support local restaurants and feed our WV healthcare heroes at the same time. Click here to learn more or follow this effort on … Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

WV Strong: Vienna, WV small businesses

A group of small businesses teamed up to encourage members of the community to donate "snack packs of encouragement" to local medical staff. Organizers collected 1300 snack packs during the weekend and delivered them today. "Community members are encouraged to bring clear zip lock bags filled with items like water, snacks, candy and a letter of encouragement and thanks. Acceptable items include bottled water, pop, prepackaged snacks, candy, gum and hand lotion. Homemade food will … Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

WV Strong: Victoria West, Wood County

Victoria West, owner of Gift Gallery of Vienna, participated in a social media campaign known as "One Million Bubbles" by donating balloon art to Camden Clark Hospital.On Thursday, April 11th & 12th, over 300 balloon artists from around the world are participating in “One Million Bubbles of Hope”. The intent is to help bring happiness to as many lives as possible to remind the world that there is hope and kindness still out there as we face COVID-19.The first One Million Bubbles event was … Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

WV Strong: Kimberly Musser, WV Mask Army

Kimberly Musser and the entire team with the West Virginia Mask Army's Potomac Highlands Chapter were recommended to be showcased as WV STRONG for their tireless efforts sewing masks for our healthcare providers. Thank you … Continue Reading

April 04, 2020

WV Strong: Staci Boggs, Fayette County

My name is Staci Boggs. I am a volunteer coordinator for Fayette Connected—a virtual volunteer site, covering Fayette County, WV. I chose to reach out to members in our community to sew masks for our healthcare workers. Not only are we washing our hands, but we’re using them for great purpose. It has been rewarding and humbling to sew masks for employees who sacrifice their health, time, and hearts daily for those who are suffering. We have donated our masks to local individuals at high risk, … Continue Reading

April 04, 2020

WV Strong: Noah Grigsby, Marshall County

For the last seven years, Noah Grigsby has been helping the people of his community so no one goes hungry. What began for Noah as a trick-or-treat for canned goods has become a valuable nonprofit service that benefits countless families throughout Marshall County. Even better, Noah’s efforts have inspired those around him, including local organizations and businesses, to give what they can and truly think about the individual needs of a family or single person. Now during the COVID-19 crisis, … Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

WV Strong: 4D Tech Solutions Makes 3D-Printed Protective Masks for WV Army National Guard

April 01, 2020

WV Strong: Greenbrier East High School Construction Trade students construct mobile clinic

by Claudia Sessa

April 01, 2020

WV Strong: Spreading Cheer for Martinsburg Seniors

by Senator Joe Manchin

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