POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Praying is an action that gets results — those results being found in donations pouring into a local collection point for victims of the recent, historic flooding in West Virginia.
On Monday, piles of toiletries, diapers, pet food, cases of water and more, were beginning to grow inside the First Church of God’s Ministry Center, located behind Wendy’s in Point Pleasant. The building was being used to house the supplies gathered over the weekend at other location points and will be used as a centralized location in Point Pleasant for those who wish to give to the relief effort.
Stover Trucking has donated a tractor trailer which will be parked at the church’s ministry center this week, with volunteers on hand to take donations from 8 a.m. to noon, each day up until this Friday at noon. The hope is to get the trailer completely full by the time it leaves for Clendenin, W.Va., one of the hardest hit areas. In addition, cash donations are being taken for families formerly of Mason County who live in the towns of Clendenin and Rainelle, W.Va.
On Monday, volunteers Brandy and Brandon Sweeney, Bob and Adria Patterson and Rich Blaine, were just a few of those helping to collect those donations. Supplies will also be directly delivered to those areas in need, as opposed to being given to a specific organization. This means, anyone who wishes to donate locally can do so knowing what they give will be given to those in need now.
All the volunteers wanted to thank the community for what can only be described as a “generous” outpouring of support for their fellow West Virginians.
One thing the volunteers said they didn’t need at this time was clothes. What is needed are things like personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, water, diapers, Tylenol, nonperishable food items, trash bags, mops, brooms, batteries, flashlights, detergent, rubber gloves, diapers, baby wipes, etc. Another sorely needed item is bug spray. Someone also donated new crayons and coloring books for children to give them something to stay occupied.
On Monday, volunteers praised the community members, as well as area churches working together to make this donation drive happen, demonstrating “people helping people.”
Among the donations were homemade cards from the youth group at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, simply saying, “We are praying for you.”
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