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In the wake of historic flooding across the Mountain State – which has left dozens dead and countless communities devastated – the need for real and tangible resources has never been greater.
In recognition of this reality, Appalachian Magazine has pledged to donate all revenues generated throughout the weekend to relief organizations actively engaged in West Virginia flood relief.
“Following so many disasters, Facebook is inundated with ‘praying for you’ type posts, but too often that’s the extent of people’s concern,” said Appalachian Magazine founder Jeremy Farley. “While we certainly will be dedicating considerable time to praying for the victims of this tragedy, the Bible clearly states that ‘faith without works is dead’. Therefore, as a Christian company, we believe that it is our duty to put our faith into action and we’d like to encourage our readers to do the same.”
Appalachian Magazine spoke with representatives of the American Red Cross Saturday morning in an effort to find out how we could be a help. We were told that at this time, only cash donations were being accepted, as the organization is still in the search and rescue stages. Cash donations may be made at RedCross.org. This money will be used to provide relief to suffering families and individuals.
Red Cross officials also say they are coordinating with local officials assessing the needs of each community and working to establish warehouses to store tangible items.
In addition to the American Red Cross, numerous other agencies and organizations are accepting donations, many of which are accepting tangible items.
Among these organizations is West Virginia University in Morgantown.
“West Virginia University’s heart aches for the victims of [the] devastating storm and flash flooding,” WVU President Gordon Gee said. “Our students, faculty and staff – along with our WVU Extension Service – are mobilizing to offer supplies and critical aid to our fellow Mountaineers in need. God Bless our great state.”
Donation drop-off locations will be available Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday (June 27) from 8 a.m. – 1p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, Kroger at Suncrest Town Centre, and Little General Store locations on Van Voorhis Road and Willey Street in Morgantown.
The highest priority items include:
- cleaning supplies including bleach
- baby wipes
- baby food and formula
- work gloves
- toilet paper
- feminine hygiene items
In addition, WVU football will be collecting water and goods on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The truck will be located in the Milan Puskar Stadium parking lot.
WVU students, faculty or staff can sign up to volunteer through iServe.
For those who want to make a monetary donation, the Dollars for Disaster West Virginia Flood Relief project is working with American Red Cross – West Virginia and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to accept contributions.
Checks are also being accepted by mail:
WV VOAD Disaster Relief Fund
815 Alderson St.
Williamson, WV 25661
“We wish to encourage our readers who are in a position to do so, to follow our lead and donate a day or two’s worth of pay to offer some relief to our friends and neighbors who have been devastated,” said Farley.
Appalachian Magazine does encourage individuals wishing to make a donation to practice due diligence in researching the recipient of their donation, as disasters such as these often lend themselves to scammers targeting well-meaning individuals.
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