Kingsport family collects donations for flood victims, taking items to West Virginia this week

BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL)- Since Friday, a Tri-Cities woman has been collecting donations for people impacted by the deadly flood in West Virginia.

She learned two of her own family members were among the victims.

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Courtney Kendrick of Kingsport said she has been overwhelmed by the support from people across the region.

She said churches have donated money, and bags of clothes and toiletries have been dropped off at their business in Blountville all weekend.

“People are reaching out to me, hey I have a truck load of stuff, hey I have 40 bags that I can have ready for you by Monday. It is so overwhelming with emotion right now that all of these people are just willing to come together as a community for someone in West Virginia they probably don’t know,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick said they are planning to make a trip to Greenbrier County on Tuesday to drop off the donated items with the West Virginia Army National Guard.

They are still accepting any donations of non-perishable items.

They are having a water drive Monday at the Bent n Dent Salvage Shoppe from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Those can be dropped off outside of Bent and Dent Salvage shop in Blountville.

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