2017-11-15 / Letters

Supports homeless effort

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my support for the Morgan County Homeless Coalition. The program created by the coalition is for volunteers to rotate amongst a group of participating churches, providing a safe bed overnight, a dinner, and a breakfast for the homeless among us during the months of December, January and February. Unfortunately a small but vocal minority has sprung up in our community in an attempt to destroy the good work of the coalition, and assassinate the character of those involved. I would urge people not to give credence to this entity’s hate and fearmongering.

As we move toward the season of Advent and Christmas, it would benefit us to look to that most famous of Bible stories, the birth of Jesus. Mary is forced to give birth in a stable due to the fact that she and Joseph were, for all intents and purposes, homeless. Nobody they ask along their route will open their doors to them. If there is a more obvious teaching example of what God wants us to do as Christians, I cannot think of it. It is not possible to live a life based on Christian beliefs while simultaneously attempting to destroy the work of the Homeless Coalition based on fear and hate. The two positions cannot be reconciled. I myself will be supporting the Coalition as a volunteer in a variety of capacities, and I ask for the people of our community to join me.

Dr. Tula Ruggiero

Berkeley Springs

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