Despite the many fundraisers this summer because of the deadly flooding in Greenbrier County, people in Mercer County are still in the spirit of giving. The Bluefield Union Mission has been serving people in need since 1931. They serve meals everyday and are able to provide for people in need in Mercer, Tazewell, McDowell, Wyoming and Bland Counties. That’s thanks to donations from people in churches, businesses, and civic clubs just to make a few. Director of the Bluefield Union Mission Craig Hammond says they’ve been blessed beyond measure.
Hammond said, “People just donate everything from food to clothing to furniture to household appliances. We have a steady stream coming in and a steady stream going out.”
They offer the basic needs like shelter, food, clothing, and emergency transportation. Linda Rolen has been a volunteer there for about 2 years now.
Rolen said, “We service like during the end of the month right now we’re serving over 200 meals a day, close to 250 a day. Just by the volunteers that we have here, we keep everything afloat and keep everything going.”
Hammond says they have a successful food rescue operation. Hammond said, “We go and literally rescue food that was prepared but never served and that ordinarily would have gone to a landfill. We go and rescue it. This year we’re on track in rescuing 100,000 pounds of food.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer or need help can call the Bluefield Union Mission at 304-327-8167.