An event is meant to help people learn about an historical bridge while also helping the needy.
The first bridge to cross the Coal River at Coalsmouth in present day St. Albans was built in 1832 and was a covered toll bridge.
A voluntary toll from those who cross West Main Street Bridge across from the St. Albans Post Office will be collected noon to 3 p.m. Saturday as a benefit for the food pantry and soup kitchen at St. Marks Episcopal Church. Donations may be food or money. The collection is being sponsored by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp Captain P.J. Thurmond Number 2190.
Those who are not crossing the bridge but would like to help, may drop off donations in the loop parking lot across from the post office.
Boxes for donations will also be available on Main Street on May 11 for Founders Day.
Each person who makes a donation will receive a copy of the history of the old bridge as well as a form to register for a drawing with prizes.
For more information about the food pantry or Christ's Kitchen soup kitchen, call Mary McCoy at 304-722-4284.
For more information about Founders Day call Margaret Bassitt at 304-395-0155. For information about Sons of Confederate Veterans or to have a donated item picked up call Jim Meddings at 304-722-2908.