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Ironton City Mission’s success tied to support

Published 9:45am Friday, November 16, 2012

Last month the Ironton City Mission celebrated its 68th anniversary of being a (door of hope to the unfortunate).

It was on the second Sunday in October 1944 that a group of men and women dedicated themselves to begin a ministry of helping those in need in the City of Ironton.

From that beginning it has enlarged to cover Lawrence County.

Each year about 4,000 families receive some kind of assistance from the mission. Besides this assistance to so many, we will also provide over 2,500 nights of lodging to the homeless and provide over 12,000 meals.

The mission is noted for its big Thanksgiving meal where 30 20-pound turkeys will be prepared and served free on Thanksgiving Day. Last year 735 meals were served on this day.

At Christmas, 666 families received food baskets and over 1,100 children received new Christmas toys.

Every thing the mission is able to do is because of the friends of the mission who stand with us with their faithful support and prayers.

I hope and pray that you do not forget the mission this year in your special gifts to help us to help others. I know that your Thanksgiving and Christmas will be a better one because you thought of others and helped them to have food, toys and clothing for these special days.

God bless you all for reading these few lines and do keep the mission in your prayers.


James Cremeans is the former pastor/director of the Ironton City Mission.


  • mikehaney

    James Cremeans–good work,thanks.

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  • Bluemule

    This article brings back lots of memories for me. As a youngster I and my sister attended the Mission. We were in attendance every time the doors were open….Sunday school at the strange time of 2, Sunday evening service, Tuesday night Prayer meeting, Thursday night young peoples service. I also was invited and attended the mens supper, held once a month, at the young age of 10. There were lots of characters who attended the Mission back in those days. Willard Blankenship was our van/bus driver back in those days, I think he maybe has his own church now? Ms. Jenkins led the choir, had a habit of repeating the verse of a song or two…just as Brother Jimmy would start to get up and deliver the sermon. She is probably passed on? We were in attendance one Christmas service when a attendance record of 573 was set, lots of people were having a hard time then, and needed the toys and food bags that were given out. I wonder if the attendance record still stands today? We moved away when I was 11. One would think family/school/friends would be what would be missed. For me, it was the Mission. Thanks Brother Jimmy for all that you did back in those days, for making so many great memories possible. I can see you now standing at the doors, after Sunday school, smiling that big wide smile, shaking everyone’s hand and saying “God Bless You”.

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  • mickakers

    James Cremeans; My utmost respect and highest compliments to you and your associates at the City Mission. Back in the 1950′s and 60′s, wasn’t it a gentleman by the name of Dale Lightner (spelling) that led these efforts? My memory fails me.

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