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New temporary location decided for Good Samaritan Food Pantry

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The Board of Directors met on Monday in Richlands to decide where Good Samaritan Food Pantry can be temporarily housed.

3,500 people in Richlands and the surrounding areas depend on food from Good Samaritan. After it went up in flames Thursday night, only the food in their freezer was salvaged.

59News is partnering with Ramey Automotive, from now until Friday anyone can drop off non-perishable food and monetary donations to their Princeton, Beckley and Richlands locations.

Good Samaritan manager Ralph Mullins told 59News Ramey and his food pantry have worked together very closely in the past.

"He called me after it happened saying he'd want to help. I'm sure he will always be there to back our food pantry, he always has before and I'm sure he always will," Mullins said.

Ramey Automotive General Manager told us why his company wants to do their part in giving back.

"At times like this, with the economy being down, we know everyone is struggling. The community has been so good to us, we wanted to do our part in giving back to the community," said John Repass.

If you're in the Richlands area and can't make it down to Ramey Automotive, you can drop off your donations at Barnette's on 2nd Street on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Richlands residents believe their community is family. They told us its only natural to lend a helping hand in time of need.

"I feel like everyone has things at home they can gather up. We have things in our closets that can feed a family a meal or 10 meals. If anyone has extra stuff in their pantries, please bring them down to Ramey," said Stephen Altizer.

"I can't tell you how many people have already called us wanting to donate. God has really blessed us already," said Mullins.

Board members met on Monday to decide on a temporary location for Good Samaritan. They chose the Old Addington Boat Building on Kent's Ridge Road to house the food pantry for 2-3 months.

During that time, Good Samaritan is asking for donations and volunteers to help stock the temporary location and to help build the new building, which will be the same location Good Samaritan sits at now.