Concord Donates Mattresses to McDowell Mission

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 11 2003

Concord Donates Mattresses to McDowell Mission

Athens, W.Va. - On a warm, summer day, when the locusts could be heard in Athens, mattresses were being loaded into a truck headed for McDowell County.

“Dr. Beasley [president of Concord College] received a call asking if we had things we could give,” stated Gene Fields, building and grounds supervisor. “We had 36 mattresses and one chair. This is the first time we have done this.”

“They will be gone in a week,” stated Garnet Edwards, warehouse distribution manager for McDowell Mission, headquartered in Welch, West Virginia.

McDowell Mission has paid staff members as well as volunteers.

“The Mission has been in existence more than 10 years. The executive director is Jay Wilson. We’ll help fix a hole in a roof, or just about anything someone may need that their limited income won’t cover,” continued Mr. Edwards. “We really appreciate all you’ve done for us.”

Nick Hallgren from Hamilton, near Holland, Michigan, was assisting with the work. He found out about the mission opportunity through his church and decided to volunteer for three months.

“God bless you,” Garnet said, thanking the College’s staff as they walked away.

Organizations or individuals may call 1-304-436-8300 and ask for either Lou or Amber if they want to make donations of either household items or monetary gifts.


Photo: Garnet Edwards and Nick Hallgren load mattresses into a truck to deliver to the McDowell Mission.