TOWN OF ALDERSONPOST OFFICE BOX 179CITY BUILDING—202 SOUTH MONROE STREETALDERSON, WEST VIRGINIA 24910TELEPHONE (304) 445-2916NEWS RELEASE - 11-28-2017
Contact: Mayor Travis Copenhaver 304-445-2916 / Margaret Hambrick 304-646-2439
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FEDERAL PRISON CAMP SPONSORS CHILDREN AT CHRISTMASOn Wednesday, December 6, 2017, the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Alderson, West Virginia, hosted its annual Community Children’s Christmas party. This is only one example of the excellent community support provided by the FPC. Almost any local emergency will find staff and inmates from the FPC working beside community volunteers to take corrective action. Warden Wilson and the staff are a terrific resource for the Alderson community.This party was held at the Alderson Community Center from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon for children from the surrounding area. Throughout the year, inmates participating in the Yarn Project donate knitted and crocheted items such as scarves, mittens, hats, etc., as gifts for the children. Additionally, institution employees voluntarily sponsor an “Angel” and purchase gifts for each child who attends. A tree was placed in the hallway of the Administration Building of the FPC with the children’s names which staff “adopted” and then purchased gifts.Four students (ages 12 and under) from eight local schools were invited to attend including Alderson Elementary, Ronceverte Elementary, Hinton Area, Talcott Elementary, Jumping Branch Elementary, White Sulphur Springs Elementary, Smoot Elementary, and Mountain View Elementary. The schools provided transportation to and from the Alderson Community Center. Lunch was provided by FPC Alderson employees.The event was coordinated by Tina Wickline, Warden’s Secretary, and co-coordinated by Phyllis Sea, Drug Treatment Specialist. Justin Hedrick, Warehouse Worker Foreman, was Santa Claus and Natalie Wright, Medical Officer, was Mrs. Claus for the event. Santa’s helper was the daughter of Amy Crawford, Human Resource Specialist. Bobby and Judy Hoover, managers of the Community Center, also helped with the event.Mayor Travis Copenhaver said, “This party for children from our area is much appreciated by the children, their parents, and their teachers. We applaud the generosity of the FPC staff and inmates.”PHOTO CAPTION: Co-coordinators of the Children’s Party sponsored by the Federal Prison Camp Tina Wickline, Warden’s Secretary, and Phyllis Sea, Drug Treatment Specialist take, a moment to relax with Justin Hedrick, Warehouse Worker Foreman who was especially deputized by Santa Claus to fill in for him.