CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association raised $80,000 this spring for programs aimed at helping children across the state.

The organization sold paper flowers between April 15 and May 12 — Mother’s Day — at 500 member convenience and grocery stores in West Virginia.

The money raised will go toward the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, who will use the funds for child shelters, foster care, adoption support, mentoring efforts and other family support efforts.

According to the association, more than $2.7 million has been raised over the past nine years for similar efforts.