Students Receive Books, Learn About Kindness

Students Receive Books, Learn About Kindness
Posted on 10/21/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – A local family is giving books to Pre-K and Kindergarten students in Jefferson County as a way to remember their daughter.
           Ian and Heather Carnaghan started the Weekend of Kindness two years ago after their daughter, Charlotte, was stillborn at 38 weeks.
           “It was a pretty abrupt end to what we had expected as a family,” Heather said. “The only way we could make this ok for ourselves was to turn it into something positive.”
The family set up a website called Charlotte’s Purpose with resources for those who had gone through the same experience and started an annual weekend of kindness to help share good deeds as a way to honor their daughter’s memory.
This year the Carnaghan’s worked with local residents Sandi Poole and Amber Ritchie to donate more than 1,200 books to all pre-k and kindergarten students in Jefferson County. 
Poole said they originally hoped to collect enough books to donate to a single class at an area school, but the response was overwhelming.
“No one said no,” Poole said.  “Everyone wanted to be part of helping.”
The Carnaghan’s and their “Kindness Crew” of volunteers started the morning at Page Jackson Elementary School and South Jefferson Elementary School but planned to visit all of the elementary schools in the county before the day was done.
Donations came from individuals, Martin’s Food Stores, and the Washington Nationals Baseball Team.
Next year the group plans to collect blankets for WVU Medicine Children's Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. 
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