BUCKHANNON – When there is a need, the people of Buckhannon and Upshur County always seem to âcome togetherâ to help others. And in that vein, the Band of Brothers, a local group of Christian men, will sponsor a BBQ Chicken Dinner on Saturday, October 30 starting at 11 a.m.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Seth Poling Fund to help Seth cover his medical bills and make Christmas as comfortable as possible for himself and his family. Seth suffers from ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which currently has no cure.
Tucker described the Band of Brothers as a local group whose members seek to advance the kingdom of God on earth through projects such as providing financial support to those in need and supporting those in the community in need. specific.
Dinners will have half a grilled chicken, a baked potato, a few cookies and baked beans and will cost $ 12, BOB member Al Tucker told My Buckhannon this week. Meal can be picked up behind Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.
âIf people write a check it can be made out to Band of Brothers and in the line of the memo put ‘Seth’,â Tucker said. âDinner can be picked up from the rear parking lot at Chapel Hill. People will enter from Hart Street.
Chicken dinners sell out quickly with around 122 people, so Tucker recommends that people put their name on one of the dinners to make sure they will be available. He said people can pre-order by emailing him at [email protected] or replying to his Facebook post regarding the sale. Plus, people can pre-order chicken dinner by messaging them on Facebook Messenger.
Tucker said the group has received great support from the community for selling chicken barbecue.
âIt’s for a wonderful family – for a young man going through a very difficult time,â Tucker said. âMedical expenses for someone with ALS are skyrocketing. “
Tucker said that every year the Band of Brothers completes a project and last year the project was âHelp us help kids ages 1-92â because they raised money to bring joy. Christmas to the elderly housed in care facilities during the pandemic.
âOur main focus this year is to help underprivileged children who fall through the safety net,â Tucker said. âWe want to help them have a little Christmas. We are working locally here with Lori Harvey at Upshur FRN as well as with a group from Charleston that covers a number of counties. We feel really good that we are going to be able to reach people. We also wanted to do something special in County Upshur and Seth’s name kind of popped up.
Tucker said Seth faces unimaginable hardships and they all want to brighten up Christmas for his family.
âThe Poling family is an amazing family,â Tucker said. âThey’ve done so much for the community over the years and it’s nice to be able to give back when there’s a real need.â
Tucker said a group of Buckhannon had agreed to help with fundraising so that all profits could directly benefit Seth and his family.
âWe had a business here in town, that wants to remain anonymous, that puts money for food for fundraising, so every penny we take can go straight to Seth’s fund,â he said. .
Tucker said there were people who couldn’t make it to the fundraising dinner, but still wanted to help.
âIf someone wants to help and is not able to participate in the chicken dinner fundraiser, they can give a check to one of the Band of Brothers members or send a check to Al Tucker, 98 West Lincoln Ave. in Buckhannon, WV 26201 “Tucker said.” Checks could also be deposited at Chapel Hill. The main thing is to make the check payable to Band of Brothers and put ‘Seth’ in the memo.
âWe are very grateful to the community for their response in this endeavor,â added Tucker. “We live in a big city where people care about each other and we are fortunate as the Band of Brothers to be the lead and share all that love with the Poling family.”
Another fundraiser, Sack Lunches for Seth, is currently taking orders through Monday, October 25 for lunch bags, which include your choice of baked ham and cheese or turkey sandwich and cheese with condiments, a pickle, a bag of plain Mister Bee chips and a homemade Fish Hawk Acres cookie. The cost of breakfasts is $ 10 and orders are eligible for delivery if there are five or more lunches.
Lunches will be delivered or picked up on Thursday, November 4, and anyone picking up lunches is advised to do so by 11 a.m. at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church on Upper Childers Run Road in Buckhannon.
Mary Alice Poling, Seth’s mother, organizes Sack Lunches for Seth Poling, and the proceeds are used to help Seth and his family pay for care provided by helpers.
âIt takes about $ 200,000 a year to care for an ALS person and to cover medical expenses and equipment not covered by insurance,â said Mary Alice Poling.
Those wishing to order a packed lunch can contact Mary Alice Poling by calling or texting 304-406-2909 or texting her on Facebook.
âWe cannot believe the generosity of the people of Buckhannon,â said Mary Alice Poling. “Buckhannon was 100% behind Seth.”
Seth Poling grew up in Buckhannon before moving to Morgantown. He is the son of Holt and Mary Alice Poling and has a sister, Brittany Alden. He graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 2005. He and his wife Erika have two sons, Liam Seth and Bayler Michael Poling.
Seth was diagnosed with ALS in June 2017 after suffering from symptoms for four years previously.
âThe money raised from the sale of the lunch bag will be used to pay his assistants around the clock,â said Mary Alice Poling. “He is not entitled to any aid and has to pay out of pocket for the aid.”
Those who cannot attend Sack Lunches for Seth can send a donation for her care to Mary Alice Poling at 46 Saratoga Drive in Buckhannon, WV 26201.