LOGAN, W.Va. — Volunteers are asked to return to the former 84 Lumber building at Peach Creek on Monday, August 15, to resume the assembling of backpacks for students living in areas flooded in late June.
The first week of August, volunteers began assembling backpacks for 9,800 students ravaged by flooding. West Virginia State Board of Education member Beverly Kingery said Friday, August 5, that they hoped to have 7,000 of the backpacks assembled by the end of the day.
“Friday, at 2 p.m., we’re right at 6,000 bags,” Kingery said. “We hope to be around 7,000 by the end of the day.”
Kingery said the remaining backpacks to be assembled would be for Greenbrier County.
“We’re coming back August 15 if anybody wants to volunteer to finish up about two or three thousand more,” Kingery said. “Greenbrier is one of our bigger ones with six or seven schools. We’re going to finish them August 15 because they won’t be delivered until August 25th.”
Kingery said the first shipment of backpacks went out early Friday morning to Kanawha County.
“First delivery went out this morning… sheriff’s trailer and a Logan County school bus full of backpacks, copy paper and school supplies for teachers. It’s already in Charleston,” Kingery said.
Kingery said there were thousands of volunteers who participated in the flood drive for students.
“We’ve had more than 200 volunteers here and I’d say it was well into the thousands statewide… people that bought, people that helped ship down, people that coordinated in their county. It has taken an army of God’s people,” Kingery said. “We’re going to meet out goal… maybe a day or two later than we anticipated, but we are going to meet out goal.”
The West Virginia State Board of Education held a statewide Back to School Flood Drive in July. Items collected were transported to the Logan County Commission’s warehouse at Peach Creek for assembly. Officials report that 29 schools were affected by the flood waters.
Martha Sparks is a reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.