UPDATE: Another Marietta business steps up to help local food pantry

Published: May. 21, 2019 at 11:47 AM EDT
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UPDATE 6/13/19

The community continues to help a local food pantry as its director recovers from a car accident that happened last month.

Arby's in Marietta is holding a food and benefit drive Friday for the Gospel Mission Food pantry.

Ten percent of all sales will be donated and people can also bring non-perishable items to the store.

The general manager says Jeff and Candy Waite, the directors of Gospel Mission, who were injured in a crash last month, are longtime customers and have been a blessing to the entire community.

"We wanted to do something and so we just thought this was the best thing that we could do at this time," Arby's Marietta general manager Robin Littleton said, "so we'll see what happens and what might happen later and how long she's going to be out for but for right now this is what we decided we could do."

"We had to do something. We could not sit still and not do something to help them."

The drive runs all day Friday from 10 to 11:00 p.m.

UPDATE: 06/05/19

A Marietta woman continues to help a food pantry impacted by a bad car accident.

Teresa Bryan posted on social media saying she wanted to start a food drive to help the Gospel Mission Food Pantry, after its director, Candy Waite, was injured in a head-on crash in Washington County last month.

The community stepped up.

On Wednesday, she dropped off more than 3,000 items to the pantry, all donations from people in the area.

“They’re still coming in, still coming in today, so everybody’s been wonderful and I just want to thank everybody for contributing because I couldn’t do this by myself," Bryan said.

“We just miss Jeff and Candy but we’re trying to run it just like they would," said Judy Hupp, one of the volunteers at the pantry.

“One of the reasons I come to the pantry is to see Candy, she’s such a good person she tries to help everybody," said Anita Tinnes, a Marietta resident.

“She’s got a good personality and if she was a part of my family, I would tell her I love her, she’s a good person she really is.”

Bryan is the general manager at the Little Caesars on Pike Street in Marietta.

Little Caesars donated dozens of free pizza to the pantry.

UPDATE: 05/30/19

A Marietta woman is stepping up to help out a food pantry, after its director was injured in a car accident last week.

Teresa Bryan is having a food drive at Little Caesers Pizza on Pike Street in Marietta.

She plans to donate the food to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry in Marietta.

Jeff and Candy Waite, who run the pantry, are recovering at home after they were involved in a head-on crash last week.

Bryan said when she heard about the accident, she knew she had to do something.

“I just knew as soon as I saw it, I knew Candy was going to be concerned about that pantry and I just wanted to take that pressure off of her in any way I could and we have a lot of wonderful people in our community and I know that everybody’s going to step up and help her out when we need to," Bryan said.

Bryan is accepting non-perishable foods, toiletries, and anything the pantry needs.

The drive runs throughout the month of June.

UPDATE: 05/22/19 10:25 P.M.

For years, a Washington County couple has been helping so many people who have come through their doors at their food pantry. Now they're the ones who need the community's support after they were injured in a head-on crash on Tuesday.

“They mean a lot, they help a lot of people in this community a lot and a lot of people are very grateful for them," said Liz Westgate, a Marietta resident who visited the pantry.

“They don’t know a stranger and they welcome anybody to help out," said Gary Sampson, who volunteers at the pantry.

Sampson and Westgate are describing Jeff and Candy Waite, who run the Gospel Mission Food Pantry in Marietta. The two were injured in a head-on crash outside of Marietta Tuesday morning.

“I saw the car that was involved and I recognized the car, how you just get that sick, sinking feeling, so I called Candy’s number immediately and Jeff answered and said they were at the hospital," said Kathy Shively, a volunteer at the pantry.

“I just thought it couldn’t happen to them, nicest people in the world," said Judy Hupp, a volunteer at the pantry.

Troopers say Jeff was treated and released from Marietta Memorial, but Candy was flown to a Columbus hospital to be treated for her injuries. Volunteers at the pantry say despite all that's going on, Candy wanted the Gospel Mission to stay open.

“So even though they are hurt and trying to recover, they’re here for everybody else and that’s how they are, that’s how Candy and Jeff are, Westgate said.

“They are always thinking of everyone else and praying for them, well now I’m hoping people are thinking of them and praying for them," said Shively.

Shively said they will try to operate the pantry as smoothly as possible.

UPDATE: 05/22/19 12 P.M.

One of three people taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital after a two-vehicle head-on collision outside Marietta remained in fair condition Wednesday morning at a Columbus hospital, authorities said.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Candy Waite, 58, of Fleming, the driver a Kia Sportage, was transferred to Grant Medical Center after the crash on State Route 550. A passenger in her SUV, Jeff Waite, 58, also of Fleming, was treated and released at Marietta Memorial, troopers said.

Troopers said the crash happened about 11 a.m. when a Honda Civic driven by Ally Biehl, 20, of Marietta, went left of center and hit the Waites’ Kia.

Biehl was also taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital, but no information on her injuries was immediately available.

The crash remains under investigation, and troopers said charges are pending.

The Reno and Marietta fire departments responded to the scene along with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

UPDATE: 05/21/19 1 P.M.

Ohio State Route 550 has re-opened after being closed while emergency crews worked at the scene of a two-vehicle head-on crash outside Marietta, authorities said.

Three people were taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the crash, which happened shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday just west of Virginia Street.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still looking into what caused the crash involving a KIA SUV and a Honda Civic.

Authorities are suspecting the accident was the result of distracted driving.

“You can never be too careful. It’s a bright sunny beautiful day like this and then here we have a pretty serious crash. You’ve got to drive defensively and you’ve gotta drive paying attention. You can’t be distracted,” says Sgt. Garic Warner of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Crews from the Reno and Marietta fire departments also responded to the scene along with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Authorities are on the scene of an accident on Ohio state route 550 just outside of Marietta.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says SR 550 is shutdown due to a head-on collision between 2 vehicles.

WTAP has a reporter headed to the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available.

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