By Kyle Lovern
December 26, 2013
During the holiday season so many organizations reach out to those in need or just try to do something special.
The Shepherd of the Hills Mission here in the Tug Valley does so many countless good deeds in the area.
On Monday, the group sponsored at Christmas dinner for the residents of Goodman Manor located in Williamson.
Harvey and Peggy Atkinson, Kathyrn Dillon (the wife of board member and philanthropist the Rev. Fred Dillon), James “Bo” Scott and others attended the event held at the residential dining hall area of the building.
“Fred always loved this event,” Dillon said. “I’ve been helping with it for 12 years. This is a great organization.”
Donna May Paterino, who has a store in the building and is the residential director, helped cook the dinner for the residents and guests.
“As residential services director at Goodman Manor, I see firsthand the goal of Shepherd of the Hills Mission. Over the past four years they have partnered with us to provide food supplies that I use to prepare Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Dinners. Whenever possible they also provide food supplies for summer activities,” Paterino said. “On these occasions, they also bring a team of volunteers to assist me with anything I need them to do. They have become friends to many of the residents and they look forward to coming as well as we look forward to having their help. They have provided fresh fruit and vegetables on several occasions.”
“This is a real blessing especially to the folks who cannot get out and shop very often. They are an unsung hero in this area. The Mission has taken any credit for the work they do, but give all the credit to God. This area is blessed to have such an honest group of people who truly carry out their desire to help others,” she added.
“We do so many other things,” Atkinson said. “We build wheelchair ramps for those in need, we have toy and coat drives for the children.”
Several of the residents of Goodman Manor enjoyed the holiday feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, various desserts and much more.
The residents are also treated to a dinner at Thanksgiving and Easter, Paterino said.
They still have a warehouse located at Miller’s Creek near Maher.
Mingo County Sheriff James Smith and his chief field deputy, Sgt. Joe Smith, attended the dinner, along with Williamson Fire Chief Jerry Mounts.