Tri-Cities residents travel to West Virginia, donate items after deadly flooding

BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL)- In just a matter of days, people in the Tri-Cities collected thousands of dollars and hundreds of donations for those devastated by the flooding in West Virginia.

Monday evening we watched as volunteers packed boxes, sorted through clothes, and stacked cases of bottled water in Blountville.

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Mary Peters and her granddaughter Courtney Kendrick said for them, this donation drive was personal.

They just found out over the weekend two of their family members died in the West Virginia floods.

“Thinking about everything going in the blink of an eye, they were there and now there gone,” Peters said.

Peters said the donations were more than she ever expected.

“I appreciate the whole Tri-Cities, I think its just wonderful how they’ve come together to help, when they don’t even know the people,” Peter said.

Last weeks floods have inspired many in the community to give back.

Beau James with Calvary Baptist Church in Kingsport showed us rooms filled with donations packed up, and ready to be transported to those in need.

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“I’m a tough guy, but its broke me, its broke me. West Virginia is a lot like East Tennessee, small towns, close knit communities, everybody knows everybody, so if your neighbor is hurting you are hurting,” James said.

 

In Blountville, Kendrick said they too were preparing to take a trip up to West Virginia as early as Tuesday morning.

“There’s going to be a lot of heartbreak, and sadness, and a lot of happiness too to know we are helping these people out so much,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick said they plan on taking more trips, and people can still drop off donations to the Bent N Dent Salvage Shop in Blountville.

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