The Times West Virginian

Local News

October 26, 2013

Union Mission to distribute winter coats on Wednesday

FAIRMONT — The Union Mission will be distributing winter coats from its annual winter coat drive this Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coats will be sorted by age group, from children to adult, and will be set up at the mission’s auditorium at 107 Jefferson St., accessible by the bridge entrance.

Brandon Wood, office coordinator for the Union Mission, has been involved in the coat drive since he started working at the Union Mission three years ago. The mission usually distributes the coats in November, but this year officials decided to get started a little early.

“It seems like October is kind of getting cold,” Wood said. “We just want to provide people with some warmth.”

Wood encourages anyone in need to stop by and get a coat Wednesday.

“Anybody and everybody can come and get a coat,” Wood said. “There are no requirements, and you don’t have to bring anything. Just show up and get a coat.”

Wood said that the coat drive is especially important for needy families.

“A good winter coat is pretty expensive, and if you’re providing for three or four or more, it gets really expensive,” Wood said.

Wood said that the mission has been collecting coats since the drive wound up last year.

Last year’s coat drive was a great success.

“We had about six tables full of coats, and I don’t think we had much left over,” Wood said.

The coat drive is particularly important for the city’s homeless community, Wood said.

“There aren’t many places for them to go and get warm during the day, and so one coat can be a big help,” he said.

The Union Mission has been holding its winter coat drive for more than 20 years. The coat drive really gets at the heart of the mission’s goals, Wood said.

“We’re a ministry of caring, and this is one way we can give to this community and those in need.”

The Union Mission accepts donations for the coat drive year-round, Wood said. Donations can be dropped off at the Union Mission at 107 Jefferson St. in downtown Fairmont, or at Penny Pinchers on Fairmont Avenue.

Volunteers from the Union Mission will be taking the coats from Penny Pinchers to the Union Mission for sorting Tuesday. Some of the clients at the mission will help with sorting, with around five volunteers providing additional help, Wood said.

And while the big winter coat giveaway is Wednesday, if someone is in need of a coat after that date, they won’t be turned away.

“If someone comes in and needs a coat, we will give it,” Wood said.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Car in standing water.JPG Sunday’s storm left standing water, flooding

     Residents and emergency crews continued to clean up the mess Monday from Sunday evening’s storms.
    Mark Paquette, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said Sunday’s storm brought heavy rain to the area. He said the worst of the weather for the week happened Sunday.
    For the rest of the week’s forecast, Paquette said the area should expect more rain this week but nothing to be concerned with.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Some county schools offer free lunch, breakfast

    They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
    That’s not really true, at least for students at Monongah, East Park and Watson elementary schools, thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision.
    The program is part of President Barack Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and allows all students at those schools to eat breakfast and lunch for free, regardless of their families’ yearly income.
    A school can use the program if 40 percent or more of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch as of the 2012-13 academic year.

    July 29, 2014

  • GAYLE MANCHIN SPEAKING -TS.jpg Manchin: Common Core ‘politicized’

     The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.
    And when you don’t tell your story, Manchin explained, someone else is sure to and they may not get it right. And that’s what she believes has happened with the message of Common Core — inaccurate social media posts, online petitions against the standards, pages dedicated to protesting them.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • GregoryDuckworth3823274.jpg Morgantown man arrested for rape of girl, 12

     A Morgantown man has been arrested for the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Marion County.
    Gregory Paul Duckworth, 24, of Morgantown, was taken into custody by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department on Friday and has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse.
    Detective Jeannette Williamson said on July 24, a 13-year-old female revealed in a Child Advocacy Center interview that on May 3, 2013, she was forced to have sex with Duckworth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Monongah water plant receives positive report

    The Town of Monongah’s water plant has received a positive report — with no violations — from the state.
    On June 17, the water plant underwent its annual inspection by the state. Because of a loss of people that the water system serves, due to population drop with people moving away, Monongah was not required to collect as many samples for the recent inspection, said Bill McCombs, councilman and operator for the town’s water plant.

    July 29, 2014

  • Some county schools offer free lunch, breakfast

    They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    July 28, 2014

  • Boil-water notice lifted

    The boil-water notice issued for School Street in Barrackville and surrounding areas has been lifted.

    July 28, 2014

  • Monongah water plant receives positive report

    The Town of Monongah’s water plant has received a positive report — with no violations — from the state.

    July 28, 2014

  • Morgantown man charged with sexual abuse

    A Morgantown man has been arrested for the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Marion County.

    July 28, 2014

  • Storm Cleanup Cleanup continues after storms

    Residents and emergency crews continued to clean up the mess Monday from Sunday evening’s storms.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads