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April 21, 2014

Union Mission serves annual Easter meal

FAIRMONT — The West Virginia Rescue Ministries is prepared to help anyone in need.

In addition to serving three meals a day for all 365 days of the year, the Union Mission — located on Jefferson Street in Fairmont — provides special meals on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and delivers food on those holidays, too.

On Sunday for its annual Easter meal, the Union Mission prepared about 500 meals, which included ham, corn, mashed potatoes and rolls. More than 400 of those meals were delivered to individuals throughout Marion County and in surrounding areas, and the remaining meals were served to people who visited the Union Mission’s dining room for lunch or dinner.

“The mission statement of the (Union) Mission is to help those who are in need, help the hungry, and so we feel this is one way we can do this, especially on days where people do not have family or have the ability to provide for their family,” said Brandon Wood, office coordinator. “We feel it is important for us to help those in need have a nice, warm meal on these special holidays.”

He said the Union Mission will deliver anywhere and assist anyone who needs help. The organization doesn’t have income stipulations when people register for meals.

The Union Mission has an in-house recovery program that offers overnight shelter for the homeless. In addition to providing meals to those individuals, the organization also serves people living at the Arbors at Fairmont, Marion Unity Apartments and Eastview Unity Apartments, Wood said.

“Anybody who is in need of a holiday meal, we serve,” he said. “We don’t just focus these (meals) to the homeless; it’s those who are in need.”

The Union Mission currently has around 20 staff members, and a lot of regular volunteers also dedicate their time to different events and projects throughout the year.

“We have definitely a core of volunteers that help us out,” Wood said. “We just want to thank all our volunteers, because without them it would be very impossible to do what we do.”

He said about 20 volunteers pitched in with the efforts on Sunday.

Those helpers began showing up at the Union Mission at 9 a.m. Sunday to assist with the Easter meal preparations. They started boxing up the meals at 10 a.m., and the first set of drivers departed to do deliveries at 10:30 a.m. The volunteers also helped serve food when the dining room opened up to the community at noon for lunch, and then again at 4:30 p.m. for dinner.

Fairmont resident Joni Retton loves volunteering in general and helping the Union Mission.

“I'm always looking for a good volunteer situation, and this is a great one,” she said.

She looks forward to seeing and catching up with the other volunteers every year, and meeting new people, too.

Retton and her family have a history of being involved with the Union Mission, and on Sunday, several of her family members joined her to lend a hand with the Easter meal.

“It’s just definitely needed,” she said. “There are a lot of people out there who need a nice, hot meal. They may not know where their next meal’s coming from.”

Especially during the holidays, many people are very lonely. The Union Mission volunteers who deliver the meals give those residents a little company, Retton said.

“We have a lot of our own family traditions, but it’s not just about what you’re going to go home and do,” she said. “There’s more to life than that. Hopefully we all can have a little bit of a giving spirit.”

Retton said her nephew, 13-year-old Joel Robertson, was also a big help with the event on Sunday.

Robertson stayed busy boxing up the Easter food so it could be delivered. After volunteering with the Union Mission at Christmas, this is his second time being a part of the organization’s efforts.

“I just like doing some volunteer work around the community to help the people that live here,” Robertson said. “We just came out here as a family because we just help others.”

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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