Following the recent storm in our area Pastor Melissa Shortridge of the New Martinsville United Methodist Church received a request from the Wetzel County Emergency Management Agency for the use of our building and facilities to provide a cooling station for people left without power in the storm's aftermath. The EMA also asked if we could provide meals for people until the power was restored to the many affected areas.
We are so blessed to have a building that is well-equipped to handle an emergency situation such as this and we thank God for the kindness and caring of those who stepped forward to assist us. It was unbelievable how people, not only from our church, but from churches all over our community (including the Mayor of Paden City and his wife), came together to help when it was so desperately needed. Emergency Services provided cots to our building, a large cooler with bottles of ice water, and checked daily to see if we needed anything or someone to stay the night.
We are so grateful for the generous monetary donations received from The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation, the New Martinsville Ministerial Association, and several families and individuals in the area to purchase food. The St. Vincent de Paul parishioners prepared and donated delicious food which was enough to provide dinners for two evenings. So many people prepared and donated food, brought vegetables from their gardens, and spent time at the church helping to cook and serve meals or clean up the kitchen. The NM Ministerial Association and the WV United Methodist Conference also made donations to the Helping Hand Food Pantry when notified that its supplies had been critically depleted.
We wish to thank each and every person and organization who assisted with this effort in any way. May God bless all of you for sharing your love to help others in our community during this time of need.