Jessica Lilly Published

Neighbor Helping Neighbor; West Virginians Setup Donation Stations


Residents are pitching in across the state to help out their fellow West Virginians. Churches, schools and even businesses have been collecting items for several days and sending to areas affected by the ban.

As the ban to use water is slowly lifted, several places in Wyoming County are still collecting items like baby wipes, diapers, formula, and of course … water.

“Go without water for a few days and you’ll just how much you miss that water,” Charlene Cook said.

Cook is the Director of Operations at the Mullens Opportunity Center.  Cook says these items are meant to help those who remain without access to clean water, one of whom she ran into while in at a restaurant in Beckley.

“She was there in Raleigh County to buy water because she said she stood in line for eight hours for a gallon of water and my heart just broke for her,” she said. 

Cook says donations are also meant to help those carrying a financial burden during this time. Some businesses have been closed for almost four days.

Cook remembers all too well what it’s like to be without water. Mullens has been rebuilding since massive a massive flood in 2001.

“So we know what it’s like to have people to reach out to us,” she said. “We’ve been through the boil water advisories.”

In Wyoming County donations are being accepted at the Brenton Community Church, Oceana New Life Church, Pineville Family Resource Network and the Mullens Opportunity Center.

The supplies will be picked up after there is enough to fill a truck. Contact Wyoming County family Resource Network for more information.