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Crumbley Fund Feeds About 450 Families

By Staff | Dec 21, 2010

Dozens of community members gathered to help assemble food bags in preparation for Tuesday’s Esther Crumbley food drive. These volunteers help make the event a smooth and successful event year after year.

The Esther Crumbley Fund, started in the early 1980s by Esther Crumbley herself, has become a much needed tradition in Wetzel County. This year’s Esther Crumbley food drive fed roughly 450 families in need.

At the collection event on Monday Klug Hall was packed with mounds of food and other items such as mittens, hats, scarves, and toys, as volunteers assembled down a line to put together holiday food bags.

Tuesday morning the space was filled with people of all ages gathered to help one another collect and pack holiday goods. Nearly $13,000-worth of food left Klug Hall Tuesday to feed around 1,100 individuals this Christmas. Food items donated this year included canned goods, stuffing mix, potatoes, fresh fruit, and holiday hams.

Along with generous donations from the community, the New Martinsville Ministerial Association was aided by many volunteers young and old during Monday night’s preparation and Tuesday’s distribution. As a National Honor Society project Magnolia High School junior Bill Feeney coordinated a collection of many gently used and new toys and winter items to distribute to families partaking in the Esther Crumbley drive. Additionally, the First Christian Church (Disciples) in New Martinsville organized a toy give away in conjunction with the food drive.

This year Chesapeake and Witschey’s Food and Pharmacy donated bags to assemble and transport the holiday meals. As in past years, RadioShack in New Martinsville donated a 17-foot U-Haul truck to haul and store food from fellow contributor Witschey’s Food and Pharmacy to Klug Hall, and McDonald’s in New Martinsville donated food for the volunteers. Without the community’s generous support this holiday drive could not exist.

Myrtle Heck of New Martinsville helps her two-year-old granddaughter Eliza carry a sack of potatoes during the Esther Crumbley food collection event on Monday at Klug Hall. Eliza was quite determined to help out alongside her family, who traveled from North Carolina for the holidays and to volunteer at the food drive.

Ephram Wade, chairman for the New Martinsville Ministerial Association Esther Crumbley Fund board of directors, thanks everyone who contributed to this year’s drive. The event was a huge success as always and it was so wonderful to see the community partake in the true holiday spirit.

Planning for next year’s drive will be underway in no time at all.

For anyone interested in helping plan next year’s event, contact a member of the New Martinsville Ministerial Association.