CONCORD, Va. (WFXR) — With 13 Kentucky counties declared federal disaster areas following the flooding from July 30, a central Virginia nonprofit says the need for help is critical.
“With slow receding waters, high rivers, and mudslides throughout the mountainous region, recovery and reconstruction efforts will take months and years to complete,” Gleaning for the World, a Concord-based relief organization, said in a statement on Monday, Aug. 8. “Displaced residents are staying in shelters, with family or friends, or have made other accommodations as they continue to assess the damages to their homes and property. Others who are able to stay in their homes are managing without running water or electricity.”
In order to help Kentucky families affected by this widespread flood, Gleaning for the world is collecting supplies, as well as cash or checks, in front of the Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 through Thursday, Aug. 11.
“When a natural disaster happens, it affects entire communities of people,” explained Jeane Smiley-Mason, the president of Gleaning for the World. “Our goal in this effort (and every effort) of collecting supplies and funds during times like these is to not only provide the items that are critically-needed, but to also bring hope to the communities who have suffered great loss.”
The organization urges community members to donate new, unused, and unopened nonperishable foods, paper kitchen products, can openers, toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene items, adult diapers, feminine care products, baby care items and diapers, gloves, trash bags, rakes, pet foods, and pet supplies.
You can also drop off supplies and financial donations at Gleaning for the World’s warehouse at 7539 Stage Road in Concord from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you prefer to contribute from a distance, you can donate money online; send a check to GFTW, PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538; or call Gleaning for the World at 434-993-3600 to donate over the phone or ask about other ways to help.
To learn more about Gleaning for the World’s Kentucky flood relief efforts, visit the nonprofit’s website.