Editor’s Note: The Inter-Mountain’s Comfort and Joy series ends today.
MILL CREEK – With Christmas Day upon us, much of Tyrand Cooperative Ministries’ charitable efforts for 2021 have been completed. But work will resume in January.
“Donations would be greatly appreciated to start the New Year as we have almost extinguished everything we have for Christmas baskets”, Belinda Toms, executive director of Tyrand, told The Inter-Mountain. “So our pantry will have to be restocked next January. “
On Wednesday, Tyrand staff and volunteers provided 150 holiday food baskets to needy local families.
Led by Toms and with immediate administrative support from Karen Mccune and Suzanne Hite, volunteers gathered on Wednesday to build boxes filled with full Christmas dinners for families.
Thanks to the significant help of donors, hundreds of people will receive much-needed food, such as a turkey or ham, for their family Christmas dinner.
Various churches and volunteers helped distribute the boxes to families on Wednesday.
Bringing together such a large charitable effort during a pandemic hasn’t been easy.
“We definitely need more volunteers”, Toms said. “We had a few sick volunteers. We have had volunteers who have not yet returned due to COVID. So if the volunteers can donate an hour or a day, everything will be appreciated.
On the first of the year, the Tyrand volunteers who jokingly call each other “the mad ladies” will regroup.
“The first Wednesday in January, they will start again” Toms said. “They sew and make sock monkeys and crafts. This is how we earn money to buy toys for children at Christmas.
“Anyone who would like to come and volunteer with them on Wednesdays, that would be great. We appreciate everyone who volunteers.
This year, nearly 200 children were served by Tyrand’s Christmas Shop, where needy children are given toys, clothes and other items.
Toms noted that the pandemic has affected the nonprofit organization’s fundraising efforts this year.
“We couldn’t run our annual auction like we do, and that’s where a lot of our funds come from,” she said. “We also couldn’t have our ham and bean or spaghetti dinners.
“It was tight, but God provided” Toms said. “We’re always able to help, it’s just a little scary day to day. You worry if you are going to have enough to help everyone who needs it. So far we have been blessed.
For more information on Tyrand Ministries, visit tyrandcoop.org or call 304-335-2788.
To donate directly to Tyrand, individuals can send their donations to Tyrand Cooperative Ministries, Inc., PO Box 365, Mill Creek, WV 26280, or by clicking on the donation link on Tyrand’s PayPal account, including e-mail is [email protected]