Positively 59 Episode 15: Crab Orchard Baptist youth group gives back to homeless shelter

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — This episode is about a youth group from a local church helping the homeless shelter in Beckley. Crab Orchard Baptist Church partnered with Pine Haven to plant a community garden at the homeless shelter in Raleigh County.

Logan Ragland was one of the youth that participated. She said this is one of many projects they are completing.

“This was just one of our service projects and we have multiple other service projects that we are doing, but a group of us came here and decided to help out at the homeless shelter and teach them sustainability,” Ragland said.

Youth Director Richard Shumate said keeping these shelters bright with vegetable plants is important for the people who live there.

‘It’s going to help them, plus it’s going to teach them how to take care of things and sustain things,” Shumate said. “And that is what we are about, not just handing somebody money, but give them something that can last for a while.”

The young people who volunteered say it was an eye-opening experience to meet those in the shelter and lend a hand to improve their lives.

“It’s an amazing experience. We had kids come out and help us today, and they probably haven’t done that for years,” Ragland said. “So it was just awesome to see everyone come out to.”

Shumate said they planted everything from peas, tomatoes and carrots.

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