Chaplain Corps provides Thanksgiving dinner for unemployed coal miners

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - More than 100 laid off coal miners and their families will get a Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday.

The Harlan County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Corps bought food for the families and handed out the Thanksgiving bags Tuesday.

Phillip Peggs was a coal miner for 16 years. He was laid off eight months ago.

“It's been a tough year for me,” Peggs said.

The Harlan County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Corps wanted to make sure he and other laid off coal miners had a Thanksgiving meal.

Tuesday, they provided food to 150 coal miners whose unemployment is running out.

“It's a little heartbreaking to see people you know have to come through but we are fortunate we are able to help,” Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said.

An anonymous person donated hams for the bags and then the chaplains purchased the rest of the food for the bags.

People at Gray's Knob Church of God helped hand out the food.

Now unemployed miners like Peggs say they are looking forward to eating!

“It's good to see people come and know you've helped some families. It's good to know that,” Sheriff Lipfird said.

Miners say this will help their families have a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Chaplain Corps spent around five thousand dollars on the Thanksgiving meals.

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