WV Flooding 2016 – the real impact and how to help

My heart is breaking for my state and her people. Families have lost loved ones (including my dear friend, Adena who blogged about her loss here); others have lost every worldly possession (just one story of a college friend, whose mother lost nearly everything).  Yet in the face of such total destruction and devastation, stories emerge of West Virginians coming together to help one another.

  • WVU Football loaded a tractor trailer today from donations people brought to the WVU stadium- so many donations arrived that they had to get a second semi truck. https://www.instagram.com/p/BHFyE0IA0Oo/
  • 4Hers who are not camping this week are helping to clean up camps and ready them for the following weeks of camps.
  • Others who were headed from one end of the state to the southern part volunteered to deliver any donated goods on their way.
  • The WV 4H family is pulling together to help the elderly mother (who is also a disabled veteran) of a WV 4Her who was rescued and is in the hospital (safe!) but has lost everything –https://www.gofundme.com/KarolsFloodFund
  • The WV National Guard members have left their families and are going house to house to house to rescue as well as providing support and supplies
  • SO many businesses have opened their doors to families in need

The people of WV are hurting. But not so much that they don’t help each other. That is just one of the many many things I love about my state. Recovering from the absolute devastation of this flood will be very hard for Southern WV.

Please help how you can – donations, prayers, positive thoughts, volunteering and sharing this post.

  • Richwood is a town that was really hit hard.  Several of my college friends and sorority sisters are from Richwood.  They are all ok and their families are ok, but so many people lost everything.  This go fund me will go to the city council to support the efforts to restore the town and to the clothing & food pantry to support the residents:https://www.gofundme.com/richwood
  • Richwood Fire Department needs cleaning supplies for their residents. You can order them on Amazon and have them shipped to the fire house: Richwood Fire Department, White Avenue, Richwood WV 26261
  • Donate to flood relief in WV, through the United Methodist Church, where 100% of your donation will be used for flood relief. Please send to United Methodist Committee on Relief, 900 Washington St. E., Charleston, WV 25301. Put offer #935 in memo line on check.
  • Support the disabled vet who was rescued – she’s lost everything, even her wheelchair. She’s at the VA hospital now, but will need help: https://www.gofundme.com/KarolsFloodFund  You can read more of her story here.
  • What is really needed are financial donations. They may be sent to https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/ or clp-online.org.
  • Here is another church, on the ground doing relief –Bethesdachurch.tv/give and select “Flood” or text the amount to 304-205-1866 followed by Flood.
  • Order supplies on Amazon to ship here: Bethesda Church 232 Bob White Lane, White Sulphur Springs, WV.
    What to order? Cleaning supplies like bleach, spray bleach, mops, brooms, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, personal care items like shampoo, deodorant, TYLENOL, IBUPROFEN, and CHILDRENS TYLENOL.

There are more ways to help – and as I hear about them I will add them here.   Please help how you can!

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