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Sarris Easter Candy Basket Drawing

Weirton, WV. Tommy Charnie, a sophomore at Brooke High School and member of St. Paul Catholic Church, St. Mary BC Church and Lodge 268, wanted to give back to his community. He made good on a plan to do so, raising money for the Community Bread Basket, located at 3501 West Street in Weirton.

Tommy sold tickets for a drawing of a basket of Sarris Easter candy valued at $250, which was purchased with the GCU GoGive! funds. He planned on selling the tickets at local fish fries and pirohi sales. However, when they were shut down due to the pandemic, he asked his mother to help. She turned to Facebook to try and sell tickets. About $500 in tickets were sold on Facebook but Tommy knew that wasn’t enough. So, he reached out to the local newspaper for more publicity.
The winning ticket was drawn on April 11, 2020 by the Rev. Vasyl Symyon, pastor of St. Mary Church. The winner of the drawing, Mrs. Huffman of New Cumberland, offered the basket of candy to be shared with children of the community, according to Charnie, the candy was provided to seven families with children. Thank You Mrs. Huffman!

Tommy presented a check for $1,858.00 to program administrator Tara Sheperd of the Community Bread Basket. His fell $142 short of his goal to raise $2,000. The newspaper did a follow up article showing Tommy giving the donation to Community Bread Basket. Then the following week, an anonymous donor walked into the community Bread Basket and said they wanted to donate the $142, so Tommy would reach his goal.

Tommy would like to express appreciation to all those who bought tickets and to the GCU for the opportunity to give back to the community. The money will be used by The CBB, which is in need of a roof. “During this pandemic, I’ve learned there are many great people in the world,” Tommy noted.

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