The Men’s Club of the Princeton West Virginia Corps provided a highly successful cooling station at their local County Fair August 2-3. The group was motivated to organize the project when a soldier from their Corps passed out from the heat at last year’s fair. Positioned in front of the Corps canteen, the group provided free, ice-cold water (by the cup or bottle) and small bags of free ice. The men also sliced and distributed 28 watermelons donated by a local supermarket, at no cost. A box for leftover watermelons rinds (requested by the manager of the fair’s petting zoo) enchanted the booth’s patrons whose leftovers helped expand the Army’s ministry to include several goats, and a camel! Hand-held fans promoting the Corps’ weekly activities- including Sunday services- were handed out, while a powerful electric fan provided additional cooling to passersby, including many grateful four-legged visitors from the fair’s annual dog show. The Corps also provided a popular tent where people were encouraged to sit down and either use beads and lanyard to make free bracelets, or to simply relax in the shade. A large sign (surrounded by dozens of colorful photos of Corps activities) on the canteen invited people to visit the church, while WarCrys and tracts were also on hand. Corps officer Major Raymond Pruitt estimates that his group easily served more than 2000 over the course of the two day event- and that’s just counting the people!
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