Two local organizations are collaborating to sponsor a rally to help the many coal miners who have lost their jobs. The Mingo County group Coal Miners Drive to Survive and the Logan County group Citizens for Coal are planning the rally from noon until 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Chapmanville Municipal Building, formerly the old Chapmanville Regional High School.
One of the organizers, Aleiah Kennedy, said she got involved after meeting the wife of a laid-off miner.
“I was at a park one day and I met a woman who said she liked my vehicle and said she wished she had hers back. She said the bank had taken it back after her husband was laid off. I couldn’t sleep that night thinking about what I could do to help. So, I just started making some calls and talking to people. Roger Horton and Dennis Adkins with Citizens for Coal have been so helpful in making this happen.”
Kennedy says there will be banking institutions on hand to discuss financial issues, including refinancing possibilities. Mining officials will speak about possibilities for jobs in the future. Conversations are ongoing with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College about being there to discuss classes available for both miners and their wives.
The rally will also be about fun for the family. Santa will be there to listen to Christmas wishes and pose for photos with children, food and crafts and there will be a corn hold tournament.
The corn hold tournament has a $15 fee per team and the prize for the winners is a custom-made corn hold set.
Tee-shirts will be available for a donation of $14.
The group has a Facebook page: Coal Miners Drive to Survive. Donations can also be made thru Paypal by going to the site and choosing transfers and using the email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will go to the laid off miners through an application process.
For more information, visit the Facebook page, Coal Miners Drive to Survive.