The furniture and other items being currently loaded on all kinds of trucks this week are part of the items donated by Union Mission of Charleston for distribution to area flood victims.
The old furniture store building next to the Community Trust Bank drive-in is being used as a distribution center, according to Mingo County Commission spokesperson Tina Abbott.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will remain open through Friday, June 26. After that date, it will be determined if there is any furniture still available and a need for the store to remain open.
Donations of furniture, beds, clean mattresses and appliances are still being accepted.
Circuit Court Judge Michael Thornsbury, the Mingo County Commission composed of John Hubbard, president, Greg “Hootie” Smith and David Baisden; Office of Emergency Services Director Jarrod Fletcher and 911 Director Bill Davis have all been involved in obtaining and distributing this furniture.
Judge Thornsbury has allowed the Judge’s Work Program to assist in loading and unloading the furniture.
Flood victims who have received damage or loss of . furniture as a result of the May 9 flood are eligible to receive the offerings of furniture and other items. Interested persons must present their FEMA claim letter, showing their FEMA identification number and proof of loss of furniture (insurance claim, letter from the local fire department, or other sources.)
Anyone having questions about the distribution of items or eligibility may contact the County Commission, telephone (304) 235-0380.