Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on February 13, 2013 @ 2:49PM
Created on February 12, 2013 @ 6:26PM
If you were driving around downtown Fairmont Tuesday, you may have noticed something a little out of the ordinary. A man was standing on top of the local newspaper building's roof for hours. 5 News found out why the man refused to get down until he got a certain amount of money.
The Times West Virginian's newest publisher Chuck Jessup stood on the roof for more than five hours until community members donated $2,500 towards their Gift of Love food drive.
For the past couple of years, the local newspaper holds this food drive to help feed needy families throughout Marion County. People were asked to stop by and bring canned food, money, and hot coffee to help keep Chuck warm. Times West Virginian employees said Chuck has been their publisher since September and he's very creative and ambitious. He came up with the idea of standing on the roof to help grab peoples' attention and remind them that just because the holidays are over, many hungry families in the area still need help throughout the winter months.
Less than one hour into the event newspaper employees were only $750 away from their goal. They were able to raise an additional $5,000 over the last six weeks.
The canned food and money will go towards 12 different food pantries throughout Marion County, so the food and money will be split up and given to each of them.
Most of those organizations have bare shelves and don't have much food to give, so everyone at the Times is hoping this will help. Employees said they don't like to think about children going to bed hungry, but that's the reality. As a part of the community newspaper, they believe in giving back and this food drive is the way to do just that.
Everyone at the Times West Virginian wants to thank the community for being so giving.
If you didn't get a chance to make it out to the food drive Tuesday, they'll still be taking in food and monetary donations until this Friday. Just stop by the newspaper's location on Quincy Street.
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