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Local Church Gives Back With Community Projects

Reported: Apr. 6, 2014 4:50 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 6, 2014 8:27 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Picking up sticks isn't something church goers usually do on Sunday morning, but the folks at River Ridge Church decided to mix it up this week.

"We're not just a church that stays in our little building. We go out to the community and serve," said River Ridge member Tom Provost.

The church had 60 groups and 800 volunteers out in the area Sunday morning, working on projects in Hurricane all the way up through Charleston.

They tackled projects like mulching and washing cars at the union mission, picking up brush at Coonskin Park, and sprucing up the Ronald McDonald house.

"Our church leadership thought it was time that we made a big splash in the community about part of our focus of serving the community," Provost said.

The groups got started around 9 a.m. Sunday, and worked until around 12:30 p.m. The businesses they helped out were more than grateful.

"Without the help of volunteers like the group that’s sharing today, we would not be very effective," President and CEO of Union Mission Rex Whitman said.

"Sprucing it up like they did really helps out a lot. It makes it so that the people are proud to call it there home when they don't have any place else to go," Ronald McDonald House manager Mary Beth Tincher said.

This project is a first for the church, and they don't think it will be the last.

"My understanding is they're talking about making this a regular occurring thing, I’m not sure how often it's going to be. I don't know if it will be yearly or monthly," River Ridge member Matt Williamson said.

River Ridge member Chris Thomas said the group had a great time.
"I got to tell you, I have a great crew behind me," he said. "We were able to do a lot of work today. Everybody still has their digits."



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