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Local Nonprofit Makes the Holidays Brighter for the Philippines

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A Barbour County nonprofit is sending the gift of light across the Pacific, with the help of Alderson-Broaddus University.

From Philippi to the Philippines, dozens of volunteers are making the holidays a little brighter for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan with a special delivery: solar powered lights.

"Every night, when the sun goes down, it's a gift that all of us forget how valuable it is to be able to turn a switch on," said Ruston Seaman, president of New Vision Renewable Energy.

"I think you should volunteer once in a while to people who are in need," said volunteer Christian Abacan. 

"What if we were in that same predicament?" asked volunteer Anthony Hinkle.

"The solar panel charges a lithium ion battery. It's a five-watt battery which, again, stores a little bit of battery every day," said Seaman.

New Vision Renewable Energy and its volunteers build the lights from scratch. More than 1,000 have already been distributed to 25 different counties.

"We have projects that are lighting whole schools, light villages, light churches. We work with the best technology we can find," said Seaman.

That technology includes a USB port on the batteries for those solar lights, so even charging a cell phone is possible.

"They can do their homework, they can find things that they need at night," said volunteer Thomas Villers.

For the Alderson Broaddus University women's volleyball team, this time of year signifies the off season, but those athletes were surely in action on Monday night, trading in a volleyball and net for coroplast, 3M solar mirror film, and LED lights.

"So it's really shiny, so it helps take the LED lights and make them a lot brighter," said Tarren Thacker of the ABU volleyball team.

One-hundred dollars will sponsor one light for a family in need. Those interested in donating can contact New Vision directly at (304) 457-2971 or visiting its website. You can also visit its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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