HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- There are many sites in our area accepting donations of disaster relief supplies. One of the biggest needs, according to sources in contact with the rescuers, is bottled water.
Disaster relief supplies, what to donate:
Organizers have said the best supplies to donate are:
- Bottled fluids (water, Gatorade)
- Food, ready-to-eat, packaged (cereal bars, Pop Tarts, nuts)
- Food, ready-to-eat, in pop-lid cans (ravioli, Treet, etc.)
- Hand sanitizer
- Cleaning wipes
- Trash bags
- Work gloves
- Mosquito repellent
- Extension cords
- Flashlights (+ extra batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Feminine products
- Baby supplies
- Personal grooming items
Since there is also often a need for plastic containers for salvaging personal effects, givers sometimes put their supplies inside a 5-gallon plastic bucket or plastic bin which can then be used by survivors to store their belongings. (Some religious organizations helping out call such parcels "blessing buckets.") Some sites accept larger items like fans, dehumidifiers, plywood, and lumber.
Disaster relief supplies, where to donate:
Mount Crawford, Va.:
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sat. July 16, and
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (trailer unmanned 2-4 p.m.) Mon. July 18 through Fri. July 22 at
Kurt Herring's Golden Rule Homes
(Corner of Rt. 11 and Rt. 257/Dinkel Avenue, behind the gas station)
825 N. Main St. (Rt. 11), Mt Crawford, VA 22841
Organizational thanks to United Methodist churches of Weyers cave, Va., and Rainelle, WVa.
Many (not all) organizers are saying they prefer not to get used clothing donations at this time. People with clothing, housewares, tools, etc., to contribute might consider finding the nearest Salvation Army donations drop-off site or scheduling a pick-up by the Salvation Army truck. One can make arrangements online
Please be alert for flood-related scams.
To give specifically to the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services effort in West Virginia, see their info online
West Virginia's branch of the Red Cross is online
One can make a $10 donation to the (U.S.) Red Cross Disaster Relief by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 (or phone 1-800-RED-CROSS).
To give to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link (or phone 1-800-SAL-ARMY ).
Among organizations with volunteers working the disaster zone is GodsPitCrew.ORG which is located in Danville. They have info online
Working clean-up for pay:
LGS Staffing of White Sulphur Springs, Wva., listed a $15-per-hour general clean-up labor want ad on Indeed.com which included these requirements:
- Minimum age is 18 years old.
- WORK BOOTS and long pants, shirt with sleeves(no tank tops).
- Capable to do physical labor INCLUDING lifting on a continual basis.
- Working telephone number
- Transportation to and from the job site
Indeed.com had more detail and application contact info online
WHSV's past coverage of of the 2016 West Virginia flooding is online