Bears Comfort Miner's Families
April 5th 2010, marked a particularly devastating day in Montcoal, West Virginia, and across the country. Twenty-five miner's from the Massey Energy's, Upper Big Branch Coal Mine, were killed in an explosion on Monday evening.. Mourners wait for news of four more who were left in the mine. Anxious family and friends have gathered to hold candle light vigils while prayers for the families have been held all across America. As the waiting continues and the families of the known dead grieve for their loved ones, some 160 teddy bears have arrived to bring a special hug of hope. The American Red Cross in Beckley, West Virginia is distributing the bears to children of lost miners and those anxious about family members. Naomi Smith, a Red Cross worker, stated that it's important for the families to know that they are not alone and that people all over the country share their loss. Hugs will be a big help. Our prayers are with them.