Warm Hands from Warm Hearts provides food and shelter to flood victims

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – On Sunday night, Warm Hands from Warm Hearts, a local outreach ministry, opened up its Hope Center in Oak Hill for those who evacuated the floods.

On that night, no one came to the shelter but the building was prepped with cots and food to those who wanted it, and it still remained ready on Monday as well.

Founder Mike Bone was able to assemble a team of volunteers to help out. 

“Mike just called us and said, ‘Hey, can you help out?’ And that’s our role as brothers and sisters in Christ,” Mike Meadows, pastor at the Brethren Church in Oak Hill, said. “We’re called to go where we’re asked to go and do what we’re asked to do.”

On Monday afternoon, they were also passing out non-perishable food items to those who needed it as well. Pastor James Lynch with the Lighthouse Worship Center also volunteered with that effort.

“That’s our jobs to do whatever we can to provide a place for people to come to,” Lynch said. 

Because of COVID-19 concerns, all volunteers wore masks and gloves and anyone who came to take shelter was screened at the door.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.