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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist


December 28, 2010


United States Attorney Recognizes Brooke County Youth,
and Bethany College Social Work Department

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, recognized Eden Rice and the Bethany College Social Work Department for their significant contributions to the “Carry On” Campaign, a statewide collaborative effort aimed at assisting children in West Virginia’s foster care system. The goal of the campaign, as originally envisioned by Mission West Virginia, Inc., a non-profit social service organization based in Hurricane, West Virginia, is to provide luggage for children moving to and from foster homes.

Rice, an 11-year old student at Wellsburg Middle School, teamed up with Kathy Furbee from Bethany College’s Social Work Department to put together 31 bags filled with essentials for foster children in northern West Virginia. The bags were delivered today to the United States Attorney’s Office and they contain items such as toothbrushes, hair brushes, toiletries, blankets, books, crayons, coloring books, cameras, stuffed animals, non-perishable snacks, and other things that are important for foster children to have. These bags will be delivered to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and from there they will be provided to children in need.

Special awards were given to both Rice and Furbee and their efforts were applauded by United States Attorney Ihlenfeld, who stated “Eden is to be commended for her initiative, compassion, and hard work. There are not many 11-year olds who would even think of doing something like this, and let alone pull it off, and she is to be recognized for her extraordinary efforts.” Ihlenfeld also stated that “we are fortunate to have such a great community partner in Bethany College and it is no surprise that the College stepped up and provided support to Eden’s project.”

The “Carry On” Campaign is still seeking donations of new or gently-used luggage and duffle bags containing items which are essential for foster children. According to Ihlenfeld, donated items can be dropped off at a number of locations throughout the state, including any West Virginia State Police Detachment, various regional offices of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, and select member programs of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network. “I want to encourage support for this campaign as a way of helping these children and providing a sense of self-worth and some measure of comfort to these innocent child victims during their difficult transition to foster care,” said USA Ihlenfeld. For additional information on area drop-off sites, donors may contact the United States Attorney’s Office’s Victim-Witness Coordinator at 304-234-0100 or visit the web site at