Central Ohioans fill two trucks full of relief supplies for West Virginia

DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) — A local social media tweet asking for help to aid flood victims in West Virginia, brought a mountain of bottled water and cleaning supplies.

Those supplies collected Monday, piled up in front of Karrer Middle School in Dublin. Athletic Director Heath O’Neal said he was touched by the devastation in West Virginia and turned that emotion into a relief effort.

O’Neal was born in Charleston, West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University and said the flooding and two dozen deaths really hit home with him.

“So I called a couple of my buddies from my team said ‘What’s going on?’ and they basically said everything is wiped out,” O’Neal said.

So he came up with an idea to take what supplies he could to those in need.

“Pretty soon it developed into a mountain of drinking water, pretty overwhelming pretty powerful,” he said.

Vehicles started rolling up to middle school this morning and continued throughout the day. One of those donations from Andrew Heins arrived by skateboard.

“It is really cool what people are doing for everybody in West Virginia,” said Heins, 13, and a Karrer eighth-grader.

“We’ve had a steady flow since eight this morning, just dropping things off. What I thought was going to be a pickup truck load has now turned into a couple of U-hauls hope we can get it all there safe and sound,” O’Neal said.

The trucks will leave early Tuesday morning and head for Clendenin West Virginia where O’Neal said they plan on passing out supplies and cleaning the first home they come to.

Even though they are through taking donation at the Dublin site, you can make a financial donation to the relief effort through the Red Cross of Central Ohio. People can support the West Virginia flood response by texting “WVFLOODS” to 90999 to make at $10 donation or visit redcross.org for more information.

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