Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Tomblin will host four holiday Christmas parties, along with a weekend open house at the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion beginning Friday, Dec. 10.
The first family has asked invited guests to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the United Way’s State Combined Campaign to help boost food pantries during the holidays. The holiday food drive is a new initiative created by the governor and first lady to assist with the fight against hunger in the Mountain State.
“If there is one characteristic that defines West Virginia and her citizens, it is our ability to share with each other. The holiday season is a time to come together with friends and family and it is also a great opportunity to do something for others. This holiday gathering is yet another way in which we can give back,” said Gov. Tomblin.
The items collected during this year’s holiday parties will be directed to the United Way State Campaign and will be distributed between the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Huntington Food Bank.
In addition to the four evening parties at the governor’s mansion, a holiday open house will be held on Sunday, Dec.12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The holiday open house is open to the public.