Hundreds of Wheeling kids walk away with Chromebooks, bikes and more

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Their goal was to reach 500 students and now Wheeling children are decked out head to toe after Saturday morning school supply distribution at the North Wheeling Community Dream Center.

Among the highlights, kids bought Chromebooks with one year of free internet access.

We’ve never done this before and were fortunate enough to receive a grant from Comcast so we could donate these laptops.

Bishop Darrell Cummings, Adopt-A-Student Gift, Apostolic Temple of Bethlehem

“I’m going to fifth grade and I’m really excited because I’m going to Linsly.

James Watson, 5 years olde to note

Hundreds of families lined up early on Saturday, eager to shop until they drop.

“How many times can you shop without money,” Bishop Cummings asked.

At this 32n/a Adopt a student, Bishop Cummings says the children leave with a smile only because the Wheeling community is generous.

Really need help. I am 64 years old. I can’t run to the store like I used to.

Dolores Bledsoe, grandparent and adoptive mother

“Attitude determines altitude,” Bishop Cummings said. “If they have the attitude, ‘Look, these people care about me. Above all, God cares about me. Then I think I can do well. I think I can do it. So I may not have what others have, but with God’s help, I will.

“Very excited. Rate it up to 10,” said enthusiastic student Connor.

“I’m excited for math,” Aalleeyah said with her new backpack.

Unlike past giveaways that were drive-thru style due to the pandemic, this year kids could choose their look.

And what started with 40 bikes, there are only a few left.

The training wheels were a big request. So they have an apprenticeship to do.

Jacob Howard, Wheeling Fire Department, Volunteer

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