BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA) – The Christmas season is a time when people help feed those who might go hungry. Even though Christmas Day has passed, the needs of those in our community have not diminished. But a new food bank is starting up to feed people in Bluefield, West Virginia, and they could use your help.
People braved the morning cold to get food from the House of God Food Bank. On warm days, 500 to 800 families may stop by. The food bank is relatively new to the area, having started in Bluefield, West Virginia, just a few months ago. But its founder is not new to helping others. His mother started a God’s Store House in another West Virginia town, and he began volunteering at the age of 15.
“Ever since the day I started helping, I knew I was called to do this job. And seeing the smile on someone’s face when you can hand them a bag of groceries is… We’re very happy,” said Alvin Christian, founder and pastor of God’s Store House.
Christian started a food bank in North Carolina and then felt called to return to his home in West Virginia. His commitment to helping others inspires others in the community to volunteer, and some involve their families.
“…last month he called me and said he needed help and asked if I or my husband could volunteer, so I took my husband, brother, two daughters, and grandchildren to volunteer. I took him out…” says Tina. McConnell, one of the volunteers, said, “…it’s teaching them to serve. You know, we’re the feet and hands of Jesus and we’re supposed to reach out to people. . This is a really great thing to teach kids.”
With the help of churches, businesses, organizations and volunteers, they are working to create a judgment-free food bank where no one is turned away.
“…you may be in a position where you need something. As a Christian, I have learned that God will meet all my needs, but I don’t know how those needs will be met. No.” Sometimes. Sometimes we meet them through distribution centers like this…” says John Ross, another volunteer.
The volunteers we spoke to encouraged others to consider helping as well, with one saying it’s better to give than receive.
Christian said the food bank distributes twice a month, with the next distribution taking place on January 13th and 27th. For more information, please visit his Facebook page or call 304-960-2637. He says they always need help, whether it’s in the form of food, money or prayer. God’s Store House is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization.
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