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Hometown Hero: Judy Raines

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Bluefield, West Virginia is not only nature's air conditioned city but also a welcoming one. Just over three decades ago it welcome Judy and her husband, Denver.

"I've been in Bluefield at least 35 years [and] I like the small town," said Judy

On that welcome committee was Trinity United Methodist Church.

"The day we walked into Trinity that was the place. We knew this is where God wanted us to be," said Judy.

These days Judy is doing the welcoming of the two Virginia's tiniest citizens through the Mary's Cradle.

The program started 25 years ago as a ministry of the United Methodist Church eventually growing into a community project.

"People who care about the community who care about God who care about what's going on here," said Judy. "We need to take the church outside the building."

From diapers, to strollers, car seats, even baby formula.

Mary's Cradle provides new parent with everything a child needs.

"We exist only by donation. We have people who say I don't know
What we'd do without you."

A long time volunteer and champion for this initiative Judy says she hope through this program the parents and newborns feel loved.

"Sometimes you see children who come in and you know that have needs and you talk to mothers who say I don't have any food," said Judy.

"We try to give them a hand up."

For more information on the program visit MarysCradle.com

Joshua Bolden

WVVA Today & WVVA @ Noon Anchor

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