More than 20 years ago, a once poverty stricken woman began an organization to help touch the lives of others. In the pan-handle of West Virginia, Debera Spates was determined to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged children in her community by founding the Forgotten Children Ministry.
"I'll never forget the story, I was out and I saw a family. I could tell the way they were dressed and the way that they looked, I knew there was a need. That was a long time ago. I walked up to that family and said, do you need help for Christmas? They kind of looked at me like i was crazy, but they did," Spates said.
Since then the organization has grown and helps families year round--especially at Christmas.
"We're giving out more food probably than we ever have. So right now my need is food and new toys," she said.
Spates said this year there is a bigger need for donations than ever. The non-profit organization helps more than just people out of work. Children ages 1 year-10 years old will be helped for Christmas, but she said if the family has older children she will find someone to adopt them and help give them what they need for the holidays. If you would like to donate or are in need of help this holiday season call 304-240-6272.