FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown United Methodist will sell firewood on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon, near Ankneytown. This is the tenth year that the church has organized the firewood sale, and the proceeds of the sale will be used to help local residents pay heating bills.
Wednesday afternoon Dr. William Elder and Gary Alverson worked at the Ankneytown site pulling trees out of the woods of a local farm in preparation for the church work day. The men, along with Terry Divelbiss, are the event coordinators.
They spend many hours in the month prior to the event dragging the trees out of the woods. Their preparation is an important measure. Many novice volunteers, including children, help the day of the sale, so pulling the trees out of the woods beforehand is a safety measure.
As many as 80 people, ages 3 to 80, have turned out to help each year. While those experienced with chain saws cut, and others split the wood, more volunteers load trailers and truck for customers.
Church members and community friends will meet for breakfast early the morning of Oct. 27, and then spend the next four hours cutting and splitting the firewood and then, loading, and sometimes hauling it for customers.
“It’s very much about fellowship,” stated Elder.
He said the wood sells quickly and there’s never any left. The hardwood is already seasoned and ready to burn. If someone who wants to buy wood but doesn’t have the means to haul it away, it will be taken home for them by volunteers.
“It’s a good fellowship morning,” Alverson agreed, “and the kids who help learn the value of helping others.”
He added that 100 percent of the proceeds go to help area residents heat their homes. “This is for the people who fall through the cracks, financially,” he said.
The price for firewood is $65 a pickup truck load, $85 for a trailer up to 10 feet, and $110 for a trailer 12 feet or more.
Anyone who would like to inquire about assistance with heating bills can contact the Fredericktown United Methodist Church at 740-694-5806 and leave a message for Morris Jarvis. And to purchase firewood, visit the Ankneytown site on Oct. 27.
Following are the driving directions to the site to either buy wood or lend a helping hand on Saturday, Oct. 27. From Fredericktown, take Ohio 95 north toward Butler and turn left on Toms Road. Pass the Owl Creek Church on the right and the house next to it and turn right into the field and follow the tracks.
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