WILLIAMSON – In response to flooding that occurred in parts of W.Va. as a result of last Thursday’s storms, Mingo and Pike County businesses and residents have banded together to donate supplies to flood ravaged areas.
On Monday, Williamson resident Michael Baisden, stopped by the Williamson Daily News to discuss current donation efforts being made throughout the coal fields.
Baisden explained that on Tuesday, a truck transporting pallets of water was being taken to Sissonville. “We are going to find out what else they need while we are up there,” Baisden stated. “We are also planning on delivering another load on Thursday,” Baisden continued.
After learning about the devastation that occurred, Baisden posted on social media seeking volunteers and donations. “I appealed to Facebook friends and they responded well,” Baisden explained.
Several individuals and businesses are involved in the flood relief effort. “We have had a lot of support from brothers Randy and Jamie Workman with Grace Equipment. Big Jim Hatfield, the First National Bank, the Williamson Daily News, and Tractor Supply have also been involved,” Baisden stated.
Donations are currently being accepted at the Gilbert Town Hall. “Brian and Kristi Beddow, Harold Davis and others in the Gilbert area are working with Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood and are taking supplies at the Gilbert Town Hall,” Baisden explained.
Baisden stressed that clothing donations are not being accepted at this time. “They have a high need for cleaning supplies and water. Clothing is not an issue at this time,” Baisden stated.
Those interested in getting involved with the flood relief effort can contact Baisden on Facebook. The Gilbert Town Hall can be contacted by calling 304-664-9625.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)