Last updated: July 25. 2013 3:11PM - 546 Views
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Lewis Newman, of McDowell, shows off some of his handpainted crafts during St. Vincent Mission's 45th anniversary celebration.
Lewis Newman, of McDowell, shows off some of his handpainted crafts during St. Vincent Mission's 45th anniversary celebration.
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DAVID — Dozens turned out last weekend for some down-home fun to celebrate the 45th anniversary of St. Vincent’s Mission.


During its celebration last weekend at it’s location in David, St. Vincent Mission offered two days of activities including arts and crafts, musical entertainment and food.


Sr. Kathleen Weigand, executive director of St. Vincent, says the mission began doing its social work countywide in the early 1970s, providing the county’s first food pantry, home improvements, and a child care center. Weigand says many of the original volunteers from the 1970s and 1980s made a return visit during last weekend’s celebration.


Artists were on hand to provide demonstrations of their crafts, from glass beads to painting. The artists present regularly show and sell their work at the mission, which is also the home for the David Appalachian Crafts, which represents about 40 artists, Weigand said. The mission also still performs home repairs, operates a food pantry and secondhand store, and provides emergency assistance.


The mission also has a small scholarship fund for students who have completed one semester of either vocational school or college. Recently, the mission has helped sponsor the Grow Appalachia Program, in an effort to see more locally grown food used in restaurants and stores.

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