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Flood Victims Receive Holiday Meals

December 27, 2017
BY KRISTEN KELLER - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The Buckhannon Band of Brothers visited the Hundred area Dec. 20 in hopes to make the holiday season a bit merrier for flood-affected families.

Sixty families, affected by July 2017 flooding in Hundred, received boxes containing ingredients to prepare two holiday meals for a family of eight.

The Buckhannon Band of Brothers was formed in 2012 by Tim Rock. It is a group of Christian men from various churches in the Upshur County area. These men meet weekly for a Bible study. Because the group isn't affiliated with funding from churches, they have the freedom to work with projects and charities of their own choosing.

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Photos by Kristen Keller
Pictured are the members of the Buckhannon Band of Brothers, handing out meals for Christmas. From left to right are Pastor Jerry Murrell, Alan Tucker, Kevin Hawkins, Rick Reel, John Simons and Jamie Wilt.

"We just started it because we thought, as men, we needed to come together and be the hands and feet," Rock commented.

The brothers emphasize that Christ is their motivating factor.

Group member, and former Wetzel County resident, Alan Tucker said the group raises money by selling calendars for $15. Tucker is a photographer who started creating these calendars exclusively for his family and his friends until one day the brothers decided that it would be a great way to raise money for their charity projects. The photography in the calendar consists of beautiful landscapes from across West Virginia

This year alone the group raised close to $23,000 from the calendars and donations. Every dollar raised goes toward various charity projects, from backpack programs to supporting a Haitian orphanage, as well as a Native American youth mission group.

"Last year, they were hit so hard in the southern part of the state with floods, so we decided to do a project for them. We took food, as well as Christmas presents. This year, because I'm from Wetzel County, I knew about the flooding here in Hundred, so I made some phone calls and got a hold of Janie Stewart and found out there was a real need here," said Tucker.

Each family received two separate boxes, containing a holiday meal per box, that feeds a family of eight. The items totaled around $140. One box contained ingredients to prepare a Christmas meal, while the other contained items to prepare a New Years meal.

Stewart along, with VRC members Joy Kuhn and Stacie Morgan, prepared the list of families in need for the brothers.

"We made sure the families with children were on the list first," said Kuhn.

Kuhn went on to say the VRC also looked at families who were doing without this Christmas, due to forking out expenses towards repairing the damages.

As far as flood recovery, the VRC believes that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. However, there is still a huge need for help.

"It's definitely been a community effort. Everybody has come together," Stewart commented. She continued, "Everybody has just been fantastic. I mean there is still needs and right now we have no volunteers with the weather changing, but in the spring we will definitely need more help."

The VRC women remain optimistic and see the blessings in disguise.

"I hope I never live to see it again, but I see the good in it. There has been a lot of good come from it. We all have made lifelong friends through it," Stewart remarked. She continued, "People ask me time and time again why I go down here everyday. It's my town and it's my people, and there is somebody saying, up there, you got to go and do this."



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