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Monday, June 27, 2016

Almost heaven....

Those words really didn't mean much to me before my oldest daughter went to college last August at West Virginia University. They sing that song after every home football game and it brings chills. Now those words touch my heart in ways I never knew they would. This week I cry whenever I hear that song. I cry for my state because of the recent flooding. I cry because as of this morning, 23 people have died in my state.

West Virginia has become my state. I was born in Philly, raised in Jersey but now I live in West Virginia. It's my state, and the people of my state are hurting. I feel helpless to do anything to help them.

My oldest and I were in the store the other day shopping for some things for her new apartment up at WVU and the fire department was set up outside the store to collect donations that were earmarked for those affected by this horrible tragedy. In addition to her apartment needs, we bought some bleach, some scrub brushes, rubber gloves and a case of drinking water.  We dropped our donations off on our way out and tearfully thanked the fire fighters for their efforts to help the flood victims.

I don't feel like I'm doing enough.

This morning, I had to do some research on where exactly those 23 people lost their lives. I searched news stories all morning to determine that 15 people lost their lives in Greenbrier County, 6 died in Kanawha County, in Ohio County a 4 year old boy died,  and Jackson County an 8 year old boy died. And I cried. I cried while doing my job this morning, and that's never happened to me before. Usually I'm looking at disasters or environmental issues in other parts of the world. Places that don't affect me. Places where I don't live.

On social media, I'm sharing the hell out of supply donation drop off centers, disaster relief websites and places where one can donate money to aid in the relief efforts.

I still don't feel like I'm doing enough.

I've seen the hashtag #PrayForWV and it's a lovely idea. If you don't have the funds available to buy and donate supplies, if you don't have the extra money to donate to the Red Cross or any other relief agencies, please DO send prayers. Those people need our prayers.

But if you can skip that Venti half caff with an double shot of whatever from Starbucks, please consider skipping it today. Donate that $5 for this disaster.  Send your prayers, but if you can, please send donations.

WV VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
The Red Cross Disaster Relief 
If you text REDCROSS to 90999 you can donate $10

Anything at this point will help. And if you can't donate, send prayers. And then share all of this information with someone who maybe CAN donate a little money.  All of your efforts are appreciated.


  1. Thank you so much for this!! I live in Greenbrier county and help is very much needed! White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle were hit hard. I'm very blessed that I did not have any damage but my heart is hurting for friends and neighbors. I used to live in White Sulphur Springs and I used to work in Rainelle so this hits really close to home. Thank you for posting this and thank you for your donations!!!

    1. Heather I'm so glad you didn't have damage and I will pray for your friends and neighbors who suffered. And I will donate as well!

  2. Teri this is so sad. The UCC has a great program collecting disaster clean-up kits and personal hygeine kits. They are a very effective ministry if anyone out there is interested. They are also sponsoring bridge rebuilding and have a "mud-out" van for basements. Love, Amy

  3. Hi,
    Can you share this everywhere possible?
    It is a donation page for Rainelle Public Library. They lost all of their books and sustained quite a bit of damage to their building. All donations are appreciated.

    1. Just shared it on my FB page, Heather, thank you!

  4. There's a local fundraiser in Shepherdstown on Sunday at the Meck, live local music, good food, great beverages, donations being accepted at the door and all monies collected going to the flood relief efforts. If you really want to stir up some feels, listen to Chelsea McBee and the Random Assortment's version of "Country Roads" on YouTube. Beautiful, creepy and somehow even more appropriate in the current circumstances. I love you, my friend!


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