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Christmas Dinners Served To Those in Need in North Central West Virginia

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The Union Mission in Fairmont held a dinner Wednesday for people in need.

Volunteers helped prepared more than 60 turkeys, stuffing, green beans, rolls, and cookies.

They also delivered more than 600 meals.

Volunteers served people living at the mission and others who just needed a hot meal.

Volunteers said it's important to donate time and resources year-round, not just during the holidays.

The Upshur Parrish House held its annual Christmas dinner on Wednesday.

Organizers said the dinner has been ongoing in the county for a least a decade.

Around 80 volunteers prepared more than 450 meals and more than 100 takeout dinners.

They said the dinner creates an atmosphere for people to come to no matter their situation.

"We just feel like no one should be alone on Christmas. It's a day to celebrate. It's an extra ordinary day in a year of ordinary days," said Alicia Rapking.

"We have a lot of people that are not able to get home to their families, and people staying in hotels that have come here to join us for dinner because all the restaurants are closed, so we're grateful to be able to do this," said Debbie Huber, volunteer.

Huber and Rapking said this is their fourth year of organizing the dinner.

Many businesses and individuals made donations to make the annual dinner a success.

The Clarksburg Mission also opened its doors to dozens of people for its Christmas dinner this afternoon. The mission said it expected to serve more than 100 dinners of ham, beef, and a variety of side dishes. Several volunteers were on hand to distribute the meals, some of whom were from as far away as California.

Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings delivered dessert for the dinner yesterday, which was donated by the city and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.