PEACH CREEK, W.Va. — Thirty-three counties and numerous organizations and churches across West Virginia and out of state are participating in the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Back to School Supply Flood Relief Drive. The supplies will be used to fill backpacks for students living in the counties ravaged by floods in June.
For the last several days, the back to school supplies from the drive has been arriving at the former 84 Lumber site at Peach Creek. Volunteers, both local and from across the state, are showing up to assemble almost 10,000 backpacks for students living in the areas flooded in late June.
“I would like to give very special recognition to the Logan County Commission and the Logan County School system for all their wonderful support to this project,” Beverly Kingery, a member of the WVBE and organizer of the relief drive, said. “We’ve had — not hundreds — but thousands of volunteers all over West Virginia either buying supplies, volunteering their time, driving trucks and volunteering buses and trucks to make this a success for 9,800 flood victim students.”
Kingery said she did not select Logan County as the site for filling and organizing the supplies.
“We didn’t pick Logan County because they actually chose us,” Kingery said. “They found out the very first week of our project and they called me said ‘do you have anywhere to put anything.’ And I said I hadn’t got that far yet. They said ‘we have a warehouse we’ll let you use.’ I said my budget is zero so that works just fine.”
Kingery said the supplies will go out to 9,800 students in 29 schools that were affected in the June flood.
“I just can’t thank everybody enough. All the volunteers, everybody that bought supplies, county coordinators we had in different counties… everybody has been wonderful,” Kingery said. “Good folks in West Virginia.”
Assembling the backpacks will continue until Friday, August 5. Anyone interested in volunteering a day or part of a day at the warehouse at Peach Creek can contact Kingery at [email protected] or 304-545-1059.
Martha Sparks can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks