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Parkersburg ministry hosts dinner for Recovery Point members

From left, Joshua McGee, Thomas Stevens, Eric Stevens, Earl Maye, Dalton Cline and Jacob Baker help Teresa Racer, ‘Momma T,’ unload the food for dinner. (Photo by Teresa Racer)

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 100 men were served an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at Recovery Point on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg.

Momma T and the Warriors, a local street ministry that has served the community for two years and originates out of Parkersburg First Assembly of God, organized the event.

“I post on Facebook what I need and people either donate money to my Paypal, through the church, or they donate the items I need,” said Teresa Racer, also known as ‘Momma T.’ “This community is very generous when it comes to helping my ministry.”

Racer said her ministry extends beyond just serving during the holidays. Momma T and the Warriors help feed the homeless, connect individuals to rehabilitative facilities or find employment, help with bills and spread the Gospel.

For the dinner at Recovery Point, Bob Evans catered with turkey, stuffing, gravy, corn and rolls. The Mid-Ohio Valley also rallied together to add to the feast.

Racer’s car was full of goods both donated and purchased with community support. (Photo by Teresa Racer)

“Belair’s Restaurant in Belpre gave a huge discount on pies and the community really got on board,” Racer said. “They helped us with pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pumpkin rolls, no-bake cookies and ham as well as numerous other things.”

Despite the day being seemingly gloomy, rainy and gray outside, the meal brought warmth and love to those at Recovery Point.

“Well for a lot of us who have been here and the ones of us who are here now there’s several people that just don’t have people to do things for them [like this],” said Ronnie Reliford, a coordinator for Recovery Point. “It just let me know that someone else cared a little bit more than what I imagined.”

“It absolutely does,” said Reliford when asked if these types of outreach efforts make a difference. “It made me personally want to be more involved with what is done on the street, because that is what was done for me.”

For more information on how to help the ministry, visit its Facebook group page at ‘Momma T and the Warriors.’

Jenna Pierson can be reached at jpierson@newsandsentinel.com.

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