WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission approved a $2,000 contribution to the House of Hope at a regular commission meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18.
The contribution will help fund the organization’s effort to provide turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution to families throughout the county.
The House of Hope is a non-profit organization. In a letter to the commission, it states that the main purpose of the organization is, “to provide food to the residents of Mingo County. We have been in operation since 2002. We serve approximately 280 families a month.”
The letter continues saying, “Our goal is to ‘Eliminate Hunger through Collaboration,’ in our region. With the continued loss of jobs in the coal mines, we anticipate that many families will need assistance during the holiday season. We know that for the holidays our numbers will increase and we are anticipating serving at least 450 families. We want to provide a holiday meal for our families and be able to give them extra food for the month as well.”
The letter explains the amount of people fed last year saying, “In 2014, House of Hope along with our partners, have served 2,836 families and 6,998 individuals that includes 3,900 adults, 2,023 children and 1,075 elderly.”
House of Hope also provided a data sheet for 2014 that explains that almost 600 families were fed during Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, the organization is expecting to feed between 450 and 500 families.
Becky Pruitt, a representative from the House of Hope, approached the commission saying, “We can use any and all donations that we can get. For some reason, the amount that we feed picks up quite a bit during the holidays. The amount almost doubles.”
Mingo County Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith said, “What you have to realize, is the House of Hope is different than an individual food pantry. The House of Hope is actually our distribution center for the county. Any food pantry that helps feed people contacts The House of Hope. It has been a great tool to assist many people throughout the county. It is a blessing that helps so many people.”
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard made the motion to contribute $2,000 to The House of Hope. Commissioner Diann Hannah seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.
The House of Hope encourages volunteers. Assistance is needed Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Also, assistance is needed Dec. 21 from ten until 2 p.m. For more information, call 304-235-1678 or 304-235-2692, ext. 1400.
(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.)