Last updated: July 18. 2013 1:46PM - 213 Views
Debbie Rolen
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LOGAN – The Second Annual Cory “Bird” Price Toy Drive will make Christmas bright for about 200 children this year.

Cory had helped many people in times of crisis as an employee of the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority (LEASA) as an EMT, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Task Force 1 and he was a member of the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department and the Logan Fire Department. His life was cut short by an accident in August of 2010.

The legacy of this kind-hearted young man continues as his friends collect toys for children in Kanawha Valley Center (KVC) programs. Cody Perry said he wanted to do something in memory of his friend and co-worker.

“Cory was a very loving and giving person and I think he would have done something like this,” said Perry, “He worried about kids even though he was just a kid himself. We all looked after him.”

Cory was the son of Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price. Mayor Price said, “I think it is an awesome thing that such a tragedy could have such a blessing for children come from it. Anytime you can help 200 children who might not otherwise have a good Christmas, it is a great thing.”

The gifts were collected from boxes in the Chapmanville Town Hall, The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, the Greg Dalton Ins. Agency and Dollar General Store. Perry was appreciative of all the effort everyone put into getting these toys.

“We collected about 500 toys last year and I was afraid that all the layoffs would affect the number of toys we collected. I guess maybe the layoffs are why we got more this year; people know so many people are hurting this year. I just appreciate all the work the people did and all the people who donated the toys to help the children,” said Perry.

KVC Homefinder Marsha Messer was also appreciative as she looked around the room filled with toys.

“Cody deserves a lot of credit for making this happen,” said Messer, “We at KVC appreciate the generosity of all the people who were involved in the process and made the donations.”

For more information, or to make a donation, please call Marsha Messer at 304-752-8972 or Cody Perry at 304-784-2538.

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