FAIRMONT — The Times West Virginian set a goal for its annual Gift of Love Food Drive — $5,000 and 15 pallets of food.
We never dreamed that by the end of the day of our special live remote food drive event, the financial goal would not just be met, but nearly tripled.
The final tally as of late Tuesday afternoon was $13,622 and about seven pallets of food. We'll still be collecting nonperishable food through Wednesday to distribute to 12 local food pantries.
Times West Virginian publisher Chuck Jessup stayed on the roof of the building all day to encourage donations. Traffic in and out of the building was incredible, as people brought checks, cash and cans to help "Chuck get Unstuck" from the roof.
"We're not surprised by what the community did in support of this project," Jessup said. "Even in the few months I've been here, I've seen the community respond to an immediate need.
"I stayed on the roof all day to make a statement, knowing the community would support this," he explained. "From the roof I had a vantage point where I could see everyone come in bringing food and monetary donations for a great cause."
Seeing the support flow into the newspaper inspired him and reminded him of how great this community really is.
"I've never needed these kind of services, however any given day, any one of us could be in need," Jessup said. "It's nice to know that Marion County is fulfilling those needs on a daily basis."
Look for more in tomorrow's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.