Bethany Memorial Benefits Ukraine
BETHANY, WV (WTRF) – Bethany Memorial Church has received a tremendous amount of community outpouring for victims of the Ukrainian war.
On Thursday evening, the church held a fundraising evening for Ukrainian relief with dinner and a basket raffle.
Pastor Sharon Watkins says it was one of the easiest church benefits she has ever attended.
She said what started as one community member’s idea to help Ukrainian refugees quickly grew into an effort by the entire community, from parishioners to residents to students at Bethany College. who all approached her to volunteer their time.
Pastor Watkins says they have come together because their hearts are breaking for the country of Ukraine and although they cannot be there physically, this Bethany community can be there in spirit and in addition to sending their prayers, they can send a monetary donation.
Money raised tonight will help mothers and babies who find new homes tonight. People who are hungry tonight. People who need medicine tonight. This money will go directly there and we are delighted to know that it helps us to feel like one human family.
Pastor Sharon Watkins, Bethany Memorial
Watkins says Bethany Memorial partners with Week of Compassion, a nonprofit discipleship organization that works in conjunction with many other faith-based organizations.
Week of Compassion is one of many nonprofit organizations that will send monetary donations to Ukraine.