Band Of Brothers Helps Locally
A group of West Virginia men are making their name known in flood-affected regions of Wetzel County.
Flood-affected families in Hundred have received – and are receiving – some unexpected help from a unique source – the Buckhannon Band of Brothers.
The group, appropriately stationed in Buckhannon, has sold West Virginia scenic calendars for the past few years. Proceeds from these calendars, along with donations, are used to support numerous youth-related programs, “aimed mostly at disadvantaged youth and to help families in flood stricken areas have a nice Christmas,” according to the organization.
Last year, the Buckhannon Band of Brothers joined forces to help flood victims in Clay, Kanawha, and Webster counties. This year, the organization has committed to helping families in Hundred.
According to Band of Brothers’ Al Tucker – a Wetzel County native – he was well aware of what took place in Hundred this past summer.
“We opted to help Hundred out. We recognized a need in that area and felt like we could help them out.”
The Buckhannon Band of Brothers has had a presence in previous years. Tucker said the organization has taken part in local projects, as well as projects overseas – such as helping a Haitian orphanage. The brothers have also assisted a Christian ministry for Native Americans in southern Ontario.
Last year, the brothers helped flood victims in the southern part of the state.
“How our group got into this… we were doing projects locally for a number of years. We have guys who are good with trade skills, electrical and carpenter. Someone needed a handicapped ramp, or someone needed electrical work… We do that kind of thing throughout the year… I have taken photos for a long time, and several years ago – back 10 years – I started doing a calendar just for my family and friends. It is all a West Virginia theme. Each month is a different county. One of the guys said ‘These are nice calendars! We could probably sell these and raise money.'”
Tucker explained that each calendar is sold for $15. The Band of Brothers has a contact who pays to have the calendars printed.
“We are very blessed that someone puts up that money to have the calendars printed,” Tucker explained. “We get every penny to put back into our projects.”
Calendar monies, combined with donations, have given the Buckhannon Band of Brothers the funds they need to help plenty of needy folks.
“We are just a group of Christian men, representing several different denominations here in Buckhannon,” Tucker said. “We have a strong spiritual side. We got started through a Bible study, and we grew into serving the Lord. We all have individual skills, that we can do things, so that is how a lot of this grew.”
Tucker is moved by the people he meets through the brothers’ work. He remarked on a couple of previous interactions, with recipients of the brothers’ charity, and how folks are so grateful, despite the personal turmoil they may be going through.
Tucker said there are so many people that need help, but he – and his brothers – “do what you can.”
“Hopefully somebody can come along and do what they can as well,” he said.
Those interested in ordering a calendar should contact Al Tucker at email@example.com.
The Wetzel Chronicle will have more on the Band of Brothers’ help in Hundred, in a future addition of the Wetzel Chronicle.