West Virginia Floods Children's Relief Fund
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 28, 2016) –
flooding that hit West Virginia last Thursday and Friday, Save the Children is helping
families and communities assess damages and meet immediate needs. The organization has been working in the state for
decades and runs programs to help children in three of the flood-affected
counties, including Roane County, Calhoun County and Nicholas County.
Save the Children has been reaching out to the families of
the hundreds of children who participate in its programs in West Virginia, but telephone
and power outages has made it difficult. “We are very concerned that we still
have only made contact with about half of the families in our programs,” said Save
the Children’s West Virginia Director, Anna Hardway. Families have lost
homes, vehicles and belongings in the devastating floods that have spread
across 44 counties throughout the state. “Parents are telling us their
children have lost their shoes and are walking barefoot in contaminated waters,
and traveling in vehicles without car seats, because their own cars were washed
away,” said Hardway.
Actor Jennifer Garner, a Save the Children Trustee and a
native of West Virginia, is calling for support: “My heart is breaking for beautiful West
Virginia—more than a quarter of children there already face the challenges that
come with living in poverty,” said Garner. “The people of my home state are the
most resilient you will find, but the damage caused by the storm and deadly
floods has been catastrophic for these families and communities. I am relieved
to know that Save the Children will continue to be on the ground in West
Virginia throughout the cleanup and recovery, to make sure basic needs are met
and services that families depend on most, including schools and afterschool
programs, are restored. Let’s help Save the Children do what it does best.”
Save the Children serves families in five West Virginia
counties through health, early education programs and afterschool programs. “We’ve
worked in these communities for years, and this level of damage and loss is
unprecedented,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO.
The organization currently partners with local schools to help
nearly 2,000 children in the state. Programs support mothers during pregnancy,
provide home visits to families of infants and toddlers, help young children
get ready for school, stay healthy and succeed in school and beyond.
To donate to Save the Children’s West Virginia flood
response, visit: SavetheChildren.org/WestVirginia
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