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Good Samaritan Food Pantry sees hope on the horizon

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A fire that happened in a Tazewell County pantry almost 3 weeks ago has not kept the organization from providing for the families it serves.

Leaders with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry have set up shop at a temporary location. They call the Old Addington Boat Building on Kemps Ridge Road home for now.

Hope is on the horizon for Good Samaritan. The food pantry is collecting their donations from the Ramey dealerships in Beckley, Princeton and Richlands. The General Manager of Ramey Richlands told 59News they will continue to be a drop-off location until the new building is constructed.

"We want to continue to support the community. We think they do a great job supporting us and we want to provide a service to the food pantry and make it easy and convenient for everyone involved. We'll load up a truck and take it to them once or twice a week. I'd like to do it every day if we can full up a truck every day. When it's filled up, we'll take it up to them," said John Repass.

Good Samaritan Manager Ralph Mullins said it's not just food and money that they need.

"Anybody, all volunteers that comes by, we'll welcome them. We have to move a lot of stuff into there, we need people who can help us move the stuff out of the building and into the new one," Mullins said.

Community members, churches and local businesses are already lending a helping hand.

"Walmart in Claypool Hill has been really great to us. All the buggies we have are from them and they gave us a credit card with $1,000 on it for us to buy food. Grants and many stores and businesses in this area have been outstanding to us," Mullins told us.

Plans have been turned over to contractors and Good Samaritan hopes to begin construction in the next two weeks. You can drop off donations to Ramey Automotive Richlands:

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, Saturday from 9-6 and Sunday 1-5.