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Wood County church feels a drive to feed busy truckers

Keith Murphy, member of the Rockport Church of Christ and caterer for Murphy’s BBQ, makes hush puppies for the Emergency Room staff at Camden Clark Medical Center. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Over the past few weeks, many people have been stepping up to fill the roles of being a community. One such way is with food donations.

Michelle Burnside, of Mineral Wells, is among those people.

Burnside, along with a group of about 10 volunteers set up in the Williamstown Welcome Center on Saturday to provide lunch and dinner to truck drivers passing through the area.

Burnside said she had been hearing about how truck drivers are having a harder time finding food with inside dining areas closed and their trucks unable to fit through a drive thru.

“I wanted to do something to help them,” she said.

Burnside said there were not very many truck drivers over the weekend, but that they had properly stored the food and will come back throughout the week.

“We learned by talking to the drivers and the Williamstown Police Department that it is busier during the weekday evenings than the weekend,” she said.

Burnside said they will continue setting up at the welcome center on Tuesdays and Thursdays to reach as many people as possible.

Many of the food items, which included pizzas, hot dogs, chips, drinks and cookies, were donated by Kathy Smith, owner of the State 23 Country Store in Salem, W.Va.

“We had organizations such as Pete’s Pizza in Mineral Wells and Pepsi donate too,” said Burnside, adding she was grateful for the donations of products and time from everyone involved.

Also joining in the giving spirit was the Rockport Church of Christ, which donated food to the Camden Clark Medical Center’s Emergency Room staff and those conducting COVID-19 tests at the testing site.

“We wanted to give back to our first responders while still keeping safe distances and complying with current regulations,” said Rockport Church of Christ Preacher Jay Smith.

Smith said the church had contacts in the ER and was able to get it okayed to bring the workers food.

“All of the food taken was donated by church members,” said Smith.

Smith said although church is unable to be held in person, it does not stop them from wanting to come together as a family through Christ and serve the community.

Smith said there are many people around the community reaching out to help during this time.

“If anyone has or knows of a need please reach out, we would love to help in any way we can,” he said.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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