FRN discusses upcoming events

By Erin Perkins -

POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Family Resource Network (FRN) recently met for its regularly scheduled meeting discussing upcoming events.

Today (Friday), the FRN along with the Mason County Prevention Coalition (MCPC) is partnering together for the Teen Institute being held at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Greg Fowler, FRN executive director, commented starting at 4:30 p.m. a game show will take place in which the contestants will be asked prevention questions. This portion of the event will be a fun as well as an informative way to end the day and all are welcome to attend.

FRN members discussed the upcoming town hall meeting set for this Sunday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Point Pleasant as well as the Quarterly Career Connection Training.

The Quarterly Career Connection training is designed for 18-24 year old individuals from multiple counties. In the morning of the event, those in attendance will go through a training portion and in afternoon they will go through a mentoring portion. Bree Ramey will be doing an activity with the group called “reality store” where the participants will imagine themselves at age 28 with a desired career. Different career stations will be set up for the participants to speak with employees within that career.

Ramey, from the WorkForce West Virginia Career Center, shared the first round of Christmas sign-ups for the Mason County Baby Pantry have ended. They have 213 children signed up so far, which is 30 more than last year, and 45 of these children are still in need of a sponsor. Prior to distribution, the baby pantry will have another round of sign ups. The gifts will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22 and on Thursday, Dec. 20 the baby pantry will be hosting its Christmas party.

Also, the baby pantry will be pairing with representatives from Unicare to host a lunch and learn event on Monday, Nov. 12. There will be discussion about family planning and nutrition. Door prizes will be given away.

Ramey reminded fellow FRN members of the Trunk or Treat event set for Sunday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant, the Sugar Plum Stroll set for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. along Main Street in Point Pleasant, and Family Christmas set for Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

In other business, Mountain State Healthy Families (MSHF) is currently collecting blankets for babies and children in the area. The blanket drive will be held from now until Friday, Dec. 14 and donations may be dropped off at the MSFH office located at 502 Main Street in Point Pleasant.

A representative from Unicare recently visited Ashton Elementary to provide students with tips on how to stay healthy and gave them tips on how to help prevent from getting the flu. The teachers were also given flu prevention kits to be kept in their classrooms.

The Mason County Health Department has began giving out flu shots and a representative has been visiting local elementary schools, grades kindergarten- sixth, discussing hand washing.

Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and WIC shared updates within their organizations.

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.