CHARLESTON, WV — The West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) has coordinated with the Office of First Lady Cathy Justice and Communities In Schools (CIS) to help staff the organization for pickup and delivery of 8,000 Christmas gifts for CIS Case Managed Students in 36 counties across West Virginia.
“This is the second year that we have done this initiative, and it has been personally rewarding for everyone that has volunteered,” First Lady Justice said. “The Governor and I sincerely thank everyone involved, especially WVNG Adjutant General William Crane and Senior Master Sgt. Brandon Layman.”
Cynthia Sorsaia and Tracy Komorowski, CIS Program Coordinators at the West Virginia Department of Education, worked together with WVNG Senior Master Sgt. Layman to lead the project.
“This was a monumental task because the number of gifts we received doubled this year compared to last year,” Sorsaia said. “Senior Master Sgt. Layman directed the entire operation. Everything went so smoothly. We are appreciative of this opportunity to help children through the generosity of the Dream Tree for Kids initiative and the great effort by the West Virginia National Guard for making all this possible.”