Reaching Out: Helping Hands Receives Hundreds of Blankets, Donations from Region

BECKLEY, W.Va (WVNS) -- On December 12, 2017, 59 News on Facebook relayed the call for aid from the Helping Hands Resource Center for their shortage of blankets.

200 miles away in Morristown, Tennessee, that call was heard from a member of the Nolachucky Baptist Association, who shared it with fellow volunteer and West Virginia native Donna Velie. She started a chain reaction that led to literal action.

"I think God truly brought us together the other day when we saw the Facebook post," Velie said.

They traveled all the way from Tennessee on Thursday, December 28 to deliver in-person more than 300 blankets and countless bedding sets, winter clothing, and backpacks to the resource center.

"These boxes do not do anyone any good sitting on a rack in our warehouse in Morristown," said association director Don Owen. "So when the call comes in, it's our obligation to go and see the people who are needing them are served."

On December 12, 2017, Helping Hands had only a few blankets and requested 300. Two weeks later, they have more than 800 in stock.  Director Edna Nasby still cannot believe how many neighbors near and far have reached out to help.

"I just love the Lord so much that He has blessed me and this program that anything I request, somehow I get it," Nasby said.

A prime example that social media engages and West Virginians everywhere can be true humanitarians:

"I have a lot of family still in West Virginia and my heart will always be here," Velie said.

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