Red Cross, Old Man Rivers Mission get much-needed donations

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) WVU Medicine's Camden Clark Medical Center is helping another agency it works with.

The hospital Wednesday presented a $5,000 check to the Red Cross of the River Cities.

It's part of a series of donations the hospital has provided the Red Cross over the years.

And the Red Cross already has put the money to good use, in helping victims of fires in the area since the first of January.

"We have had so many home fires since January first," says Executive Director Sharon Kesselring. "We have had incredible response to people who have lost everything because of house fires."

"We are very pleased to partner with the Red Cross," said CCMC Vice-President of Operations Sean Smith, "as they have had immeasurable contributions to our community. That's one of our pillars, is to be able to support our community."

The Red Cross and Camden Clark have partnered to help those affected by disasters that include the 2012 derecho and the recent IEI Plastics fire.

And over in Vienna, the Fellowship Baptist Church donated a little more than $1,000 to Old Man Rivers Mission.

The money was raised during a recent breakfast for the McFriends Fellowship group.

Mission Director Bill Pursley says it will go a long way toward stocking its food bank, that's been depleted over the holidays and during the recent snow and cold weather.

"We're very appreciative to get this," Pursley says. "This community has kept Old Man Rivers going for 27 years, or longer. It's what keeps us going."

Another donation is on its way to the mission, this one from Dominion Energy; part of $100,000 it is giving to community organizations across West Virginia, that also include FaithLink and Habitat for Humanity.

Old Man Rivers serves an estimated 600 families each month.