Donations Being Taken for Those in Desperate Need of Water and Other Supplies

MEIGS AND GALLIA COUNTIES – West Virginia is dealing with a disaster to their water supply in nine counties due to a chemical leak, and as Ohio’s neighbor, area residents are mobilizing to respond. Two donation groups are working to help meet the need in West Virginia.

One group of individuals from the Racine area has been busy the past couple of days working to gather donations. Charlotte Wamsley along with her husband, Dick and son, Rich, along with Linda Diddle will be making the trip to the Marmet Fire Department to deliver water today. The group is scheduled to leave at 2:30 p.m. from the Wamsley’s home in Racine.

“It’s great. I’ve got people that have pledged to donate,” Charlotte Wamsley said. She added that donations have been trickling in.

Other area residents will be taking donations on Tuesday to West Virginia. In addition to the Wamsleys and Diddle, they are choosing to be good neighbors and reach out with a call for donations of water, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and paper towels in particular. Residents in the effected areas of the chemical leak cannot use the water to wash their hands, dishes or clothes. The ban on water use is indefinite in the nine counties.

The Middleport Church of the Nazarene is serving as the main location in which everything will be gathered for delivery, but it is not limited to the one church or community. Bashan Volunteer Fire Department is collecting the previously mentioned items until 5 p.m. on Monday to be added with what the churches are collecting. Grace United Methodist and the Gallipolis Church of the Nazarene are also working to collect desperately needed donations.

Additionally, Grace Anglican of Circleville and a Columbus area Nazarene church are also sending some supplies. Corporate donations are also accepted.

According to Rev. Daniel Fulton, donations can be dropped off to the Middleport Church of the Nazarene located at 980 General Hartinger PKWY, Middleport.

“We will be here to receive donations between 3PM and 6PM tonight (Saturday). Donations can be brought to service tomorrow, and all day Monday. Please contact me with any questions,”he stated.  For more information, call (740) 992-3191.