The Esther Crumbley Fund provided Christmas food baskets containing fresh fruit (apples and oranges), potatoes, canned vegetables, dressing, noodles, rolls, pies, and bags of fresh chickens to at least 408 families, representing 1,164 individuals Tuesday morning. Not only were the needy provided with food to create a wonderful Christmas dinner, but the children were given collected toys, socks, gloves, scarves, and two books each from the New Martinsville Public Library’s Giving Tree project. Also, Old Barn Landscaping donated 50 fresh-cut Christmas trees to brighten the holiday.
Ephram Wade, chairman, noted that the incredible annual project would not be possible without the monetary donations totalling more than $9,000, Witschey’s Market for providing good prices on the food, McDonald’s for food for the volunteers and recipients, and all of their other partners. “We really appreciate it and thank all who donated,” said Wade. Also, he thanked Magnolia Head Football Coach Mark Batton and his players for helping to package the items, as well as the other volunteers who worked on the holiday assembly line seen above that took place Monday evening. (Photo by Amy Witschey)