Church marks load no. 1,000 of firewood to needy

Wright's Chapel 'lumberjacks

Wright’s Chapel ‘lumberjacks’ include, from left to right, Dave Mattingly, Paul Lynch, Darryl Foor, Richard Coons, Ken Grier, Bruce Sharpe, and Gene Mallette. Not shown: Cleve Robeson, who started the group and serves as leader.

The Wright’s Chapel United Methodist Church ‘lumberjacks’ delivered their 1,000th load of firewood last week.

For about 10 years, the crew of volunteers has been cutting, splitting and delivering wood to those in need in the Caroline County community. They supply firewood to people referred through the Caroline County Department of Social Services. They work year-round, several days a week, to help local families heat their homes.

The volunteers provide firewood to about 55-60 families on a regular basis and also take emergency calls.

The volunteers began about 10 years ago when a group went on a mission trip and decided to buy a load of wood for a family in need.

The group now includes Dave Mattingly, Paul Lynch, Darryl Foor, Richard Coons, Ken Grier, Bruce Sharpe, Gene Mallette, and Cleve Robeson, who started the group and serves as leader.

Logs are donated by logging contractors and others and stored near the church, which is located on Ladysmith Road near U.S. 1. The volunteers gather on Wednesday and Saturday mornings throughout the year to cut and split firewood.

Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm