Chester Arts Club organizes ‘Angel Tree’ for veterans home

Pictured, Justin DeVore and Virginia Carpenter are shown with some of the already donated gifts. (Submitted photo)

CHESTER — Marlene Flemming Murray, member of the Chester Arts Club, has initiated the annual Christmas Angel Tree project for the West Virginia Veterans’ Home in Barbousville, W.Va.

President Joanne Hobbs donated the Christmas tree, while members decorated the tree with lights and gift tags. Having 84 male residents and two female residents, the home provides a residential environment for veterans who may not have family or emotional support.

Crickster’s Family Restaurant of Carolina Avenue, Chester, has again provided a location for the Angel Tree. Several request tags are still available so that the general public can provide gifts for those who have protected and defended our country. Presents with tags can be returned to Cricksters during normal business hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Presents will be picked up Dec. 15 and then delivered to Barboursville.

The Arts Club is accepting names for new members by calling Treasurer Mary Ann Wright (304-387-1571).