WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission approved a $1,000 contribution to Jacob’s Well Mission to provide financial assistance for the mission’s Children’s Christmas program.
Janette O’Brien, Director at Jacob’s Well, approached the commission at a regular meeting Tuesday Nov. 4.
County Commissioner John Mark Hubbard opened the discussion saying, “Your service is much needed and appreciated. We appreciate your mission and your ministry.”
O’Brien presented her request to the commission saying, “Our usual request is about $2,000. It also helps pay for the Christmas dinner, the Thanksgiving dinner and the children’s program. Our children’s program is not just for children. They bring their parents and that is two per family extra that we feed that night and we give them gifts as well. We have a door prize. Everybody gets a gift. We do not leave anyone out. We appreciate everything you all do for us.”
O’Brien further explained the work of the mission saying, “On an average day, we feed about 75 to 100 people a day. Last year, we served 22,000 meals and I would say it is close to that this year as well. We don’t turn anyone out. It doesn’t matter if you are poor or if you are rich. If anyone comes in there, we feed them. We are open on Thanksgiving Day. We are open on Christmas. We serve our big dinner on the Monday before those days, serving around 200 people.”
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith responded to O’Brien following a brief discussion concerning the poor financial state of the city. “Even though this is a great ministry, we cannot give what we would like to give. I think it is important that we do give and I make a motion that at this time, we give a $1000 contribution.”
The commission also discussed the possibility of the Mingo County Courthouse hosting a toy drive to offer further assistance to the Children’s Christmas program.
The program assists about 40 to 50 children throughout Mingo County every year.
O’Brien explained the program saying, “We take applications, we get each child’s size and we let them pick three toys that they would want and we buy one. We get them an outfit and a toy plus a shoe box full of goodies.”
The commission requested that O’Brien provide a list by the end of November of what gifts need to be purchased.
Commissioner Diann Hannah said, “If you can get your toys here at the court house that would free your money up to do other things.”
Hubbard concluded the discussion saying, “Give us a list and we will work toward that goal.”
Jacob’s Well is a non-profit organization located in downtown Williamson that feeds the needy seven days a week. The organization also hosts a variety of programs to benefit the less fortunate during the holidays.
Jacob’s Well Mission can be contacted at 304-236-5955.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)