On Saturday, April 13, members of Crab Orchard Baptist Church came together not for worship, but to give back to their neighbors in need.
Organizer of remodel Chessie Collins said this project started back in February, when a few of her former students told her they were moving into the shelter.
“What I intended to just help one individual family turned into something much bigger,” Collins said. “With everyone’s help, we were able to do three rooms basically. We have couches coming, mattresses, beds, anything and everything you can think of.”
Around 20 people came out to help remodel the homeless shelter in Beckley. Volunteer Amanda Daniels said this is just one-way people they can carry out their mission.
“We should always help others and to give back to the community,” Daniels said. “That is just something that I definitely believe in.”
Collins said you do not have to be a part of their church to help give back, there are many ways to help.
“Send in food… Canned food is something very simple to do. Go to Sam’s, purchase some of the larger cans of food,” Collins said. “Money, financial contributions.”
They are hoping from this project, they will be able to help many other families in the future. Collins said they are hoping to return next week and give Easter baskets out to the children at the shelter.