Merry Meals: Union Mission Feeds Neighbors for Holiday

BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVNS) -- With the tree trimmed and presents opened, families turn to the dinner table to complete their Christmas Day (2017).  For those who are less fortunate in Bluefield, they do not have to worry about not having food on theirs.

"We have things here available for anybody that may not have been eligible or fell through the cracks of the other programs," said Bluefield Union Mission drector Craig Hammond.

For the 86th year, the Bluefield Union Mission gave out food bags filled with the essentials for a hearty Christmas dinner - turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, and more.  Nearly 200 families were fed, thanks to the generosity of 30 volunteers that come from all different walks of life and faith.

"Folks from houses of worship, from all faith traditions - come here," Hammond said.  "It's been a tradition. They love to come together. They socialize and, at the same time, help our unfortunate neighors."

Feeding the spirit of the season, one meal at a time.

"If you give of yourselves, that is the highest form of worship," Hammond said. "That's what happened here... the receivers and givers coming together."

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