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UPDATE: Car Loads Of Supplies Taken From Elizabeth To Charleston

By: Stanley Jefferson, Brooke Thibodaux Email
By: Stanley Jefferson, Brooke Thibodaux Email
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UPDATE 1/14/2014 10:15 AM

More than 1,000 water bottles and 39 gallons of water all being sent to people in the affected areas dealing without water.

Saturday and Sunday the Community Emergency Response Team - also know as CERT - hosted a supply drive outside several stores in Elizabeth.

Seventeen volunteers collected paper towels, napkins, plastic cups, plastic utensils, paper plates, diapers, baby wipes and cans of food from those wiling to donate.

One volunteer say situations like this one is what made him want to join CERT.

Monday night ten volunteers loaded a van and truck full of supplies, all headed for Charleston.


In the wake of Thursday's chemical spill in the Elk River, Kanawha Valley residents are rushing to grocery stores and filling stations, loading up on bottled water.

With the situation growing desperate for some, the Mid-Ohio Valley is joining relief efforts.

"We try to be very proactive in understanding that we are a part of larger community and we're not just little Wirt County, we're a part of the bigger West Virginia family. All of us here in Wirt County have family, friends and folks that we know that are in the Kanawha Valley that are affected directly by this incident," says Wirt County Office of Emergency Services Director, Bo Wriston.

Volunteers from the Wirt County Community Emergency Response Team collected donations of bottled-water, non-perishable food, and plates and utensils at Food Mart and Dick's Market.

Wood County residents also joined the campaign.

"As it said in the bible, 'do unto others as you have them do unto you.' Parkersburg, being so close to the Ohio River and we have a lot of chemical plants around us, it's not saying that anything would happen but it could and we would certainly appreciate people helping us out. I'm just thankful that I could be here to give a small donation," added Parkersburg resident, Carol Fitcher.

A time of strength, and generosity, reminding some 300,000 West Virginians that help is on the way.

"There's an amazing amount of love and compassion that is out there for you. We are mobilizing resources, things are happening and moving, we're getting things to you as quickly as possible and there will be more to come," replied Wriston.

Food Mart and Dick's Market will be taking donations Sunday during normal business hours from 11am to 7pm.

Donations will only be accepted at the Wirt County Courthouse on Monday from 8am til noon.


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