Significant flooding in West Virginia has wreaked havoc, leaving widespread damage and the loss of nearly two dozen lives in its wake. The Bishop of West Virginia, the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, has reported that Episcopal Relief and Development will be sending them a short-term grant to help with immediate needs.
One of the hardest hit areas was in far southeastern West Virginia in Greenbrier county, and St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lewisburg has taken a key role in local response efforts. Partnering with the local United Way, St. James’ has been designated an aid distribution center, handing out food, clothing and other basic necessities to those affected in the surrounding regions.
St. George’s is collecting for West Virginia flood victims. There is an urgent need for toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby formula, bottles, diapers of any size and baby food (please make sure your donations are not past the expiration date). We have boxes lined up in the hallway outside the office. We will collect through Sunday, July 10th. Donations will then be taken to St. James’ Episcopal Church in Lewisburg.
The Rector of St. James’, the Rev. Josh Saxe, said that the work had been “non-stop” but he also said that they were planning to be in it “for the long haul.”
If you would prefer to make a financial donation, contact the diocesan offices at 304-344-3597 (Toll Free: 866-549-8346) or by making an online donation at: http://www.wvdiocese.org/
pages/aa-egiving.html (click on “for a special purpose”).