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Necessities Barn Marks 10 Years

October 31, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

The Necessities Barn celebrated its 10th anniversary in September. The non-profit service to the community is an outreach of the First Church of God, located near the care center and Walmart in New Martinsville.

On the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, the barn gives out seven personal care items, such as laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, razors, shaving cream, dish detergent, and toilet paper. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the barn gave out an extra item on Sept. 15.

Sometime after the beginning of the Necessities Barn, a small Bible study group in the church decided to also offer free breakfast in the fellowship hall of the church. That service has continued with various members of the church cooking, serving, cleaning, and, most importantly, visiting and praying with those partaking of the service.

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Photos by Amy Witschey
Members of the First Church of God in New Martinsville love serving breakfast in the fellowship hall of the church located near the care center and Walmart. Pictured from left are Sarah Young, Anissa Bohrer, Jody Edgell, Betty Campbell, Sharon Stewart, Dave Edgell, and Russ Whitener.

Rusty Myers of New Martinsville has been coming to the barn and breakfast for some time and says it is a great service to the community. "I have made a lot of friends," she said. "They have prayed for me and I have prayed for other people. It's a pleasant atmosphere and I love their sausage! It's really nice that you're willing to help out people like that."

The barn is operated completely with private funds, mostly from individuals. Betsy Westfall, who originally had the vision to begin the ministry and does most of the organization of it, works hard to use coupons and special deals to be a good steward of the funds. Anyone who has coupons - unexpired or even slightly expired - they are willing to donate may put them in the black box on the barn door. Donations of items or money are also always welcome. The church office is open every weekday morning. Any support is greatly appreciated.



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