On Wednesday night, volunteers from the Central Church of Christ in Clarksburg prepared more than 600 meals for local families in need this Thanksgiving.
"The Morgantown Church of Christ was wanting to do something as a collaborative effort with several churches. We want to reach out to the less fortunate, that kind of thing. So we said, ‘Yeah, that'd be a great idea,'" said Keith Bramel, an elder at the Central Church of Christ in Clarksburg.
"We had certain people chopping up bread to put into the stuffing, and we had other people chopping up the celery and the bacon, so we just all got together, made a big assembly line, and put it all together," said volunteer Cecelia Daugherty.
That collaboration extends across North Central West Virginia.
"The Fairmont Church is fixing the mashed potatoes and the pumpkin pie. And then Morgantown is fixing the turkeys. We'll put all of these together in individual meals, package those up, and our people will turn around and bring our 300 back here. We'll deliver them in the afternoon," said Bramel. ""Some of those meals are going to families of four, some are going to senior citizens where there might just be one person in a household."
"When you can get 30 people from one congregation, and then 30 and 30, you have a large force of people who are able to make a lot of things," said Daugherty.
For Daugherty, giving back to the community helps to set an example for her daughter.
"They do need to learn to help the less fortunate. You don't want your child going around having everything in the world but not knowing how to give," said Daugherty.
"There's rewards in both cases, both for those people who are in need and for those of us being involved. We get more out of it than they get out of it," said Bramel.
The Central Church of Christ is helping people all year round, including students from Fairmont State University. Its offers the "Study Mug," a student lounge for college students to utilize while studying at the university. The church offers complimentary food and beverages, as well as free Wi-Fi service.