Grateful for generosity of community during crisis

The Mid-Ohio Valley has done it again! Because of the generosity of nearly 30 churches, area businesses and leaders and the caring public, we were able to get a plan organized, collect donations, gather and pack those donations and ship them off to Oklahoma tornado victims in just one week’s time.

Thank you to Gene Davis at Marietta Transfer Company for personally driving the donated truck to Oklahoma and providing fuel. The large storage boxes donated by Solvay helped make packing easier and will provide storage for Oklahoma families.

Skuttle Industries stopped normal daily operations to accommodate the sorting and packing and assisted with their forklift. United Rental added a forklift. Gary’s Towing and Hensler’s Market gave collection trailers and Top Drawer and the Gallery in Marietta assisted in collections. Wal Mart Patriot Center, Kroger in Marietta and Burger King on Division Street, and First Baptist Church in Vienna provided collection sites. Volunteers manned the drop off sites for three days. Washington County government employees contributed goods.

Pastors and many others rearranged schedules and churches accommodated collections during their Sunday services. We collected approximately $7000, every penny of which will go directly to hurting families.

Thank you to WTAP and the Parkersburg News and Sentinel for excellent coverage that helped spread the word.

Well done, MOV. The five river cities have again demonstrated compassion and selflessness in helping others!

Judy Ball