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Stuff The Cruiser Held

By Staff | Oct 18, 2017

Photo by Bruce Crawford New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil poses with Linda Barth, of the Gabriel Project.

According to Linda Barth, of The Gabriel Project’s Wetzel County site, it appears that this year’s “Stuff the Cruiser” event yieled more donations than the 2016 venture.

“We do this fundraiser once a year and are grateful for all the donations,” Barth said.

Barth and New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil stood outside of New Martinsville’s Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as shoppers loaded Cecil’s police cruiser with items to benefit local needy babies.

“The Gabriel Project Wetzel Site is serving over 200 families and we couldn’t do it without the support of our wonderful communities in Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe counties,” Barth said.

Barth also expressed gratitude toward Cecil. Barth said the chief “helps set everything up with Wal-Mart and is there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

“Plus he helps us unload everything at the end of the day,” Barth said.

Items accepted at the event – and are welcomed at anytime – included baby food or pouches, baby cereal, baby bottle sets or sippy cups, pacifiers and teethers, diapers or pull-ups, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby bath wash, baby washcloths and towels, all baby safety items, baby gates, and all shoes/boots/socks/and slippers.

The Gabriel Project also welcomes monetary donations and gift cards.

The project is always available to provide emotional support, information about child care, and personnel can even make referrals to other social service organizations. The Gabriel Project is always in need of volunteers as well.

The project is located at 515 Maple Avenue in New Martinsville, and can be reached by calling 304-398-4156 or (681) 302-8413. Also, check out “Gabriel Project Wetzel Site” on Facebook.