Local Church Feeds Hundreds of Needy People This Easter


WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Community members teamed up Saturday morning to help make everyone’s Easter even sweeter.

Hundreds of people lined up in Wheeling to pick up dinner at a local church.

The annual Easter basket giveaway provides families with a delicious meal to celebrate the holidays.

From vegetables to pie and even ham, volunteers today say no one goes home hungry.

The Apostolic Temple of Bethlehem holds packed lunches almost every public holiday and Easter is no exception.

Retailer Darrell Cummings says there are at least 40 different items in each box.

He says the goal is not just to feed people at Easter, but to feed a family of four for at least a week.

This is our 32nd annual Easter food basket distribution and we hope to help as many people as possible. We have helped over 500 people in the past and this is truly one of the most generous gifts we have given through the help of others and we are so grateful and hope to send people away with a smile.

There are, I think, the overwhelming majority of people, they can even work every day, but they just need a helping hand and I hope that’s it. I hope getting food is more important than them, I hope they feel the love of God and the love of their community and have a resurrection of their hopes and their dreams that they can achieve.

Reverend Darrell Cummings, Apostolic Temple of Bethlehem

Many first responders came to lend a hand.

Cody Melsop of the Wheeling Fire Department says the community is extremely important to him and his team.

Easter is all about being with your people, isn’t it? So we want to make sure we can accommodate everyone at Easter.

We have people from Headquarters Station 2, Station 4. We have people running from rescues, engines to squads. Everyone goes out.

Cody Melsop, Wheeling Fire Department

One after another, the cars lined up to collect their boxes.

Many people shook hands with Reverend Cummings and thanked him and the volunteers for their help this Easter season.

Cummings says that as long as there is a need, he will find a way to continue providing these meals.

The church’s Easter service takes place on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.


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