The beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia has been hit hard with flash flooding, leaving many without homes, food, and clothing. Many are wondering what we can do to help. Here’s a basic list we’ve been pulling together, in hopes that as many people as possible can send help in the most effective ways, possible. It is a beautiful thing to watch our community come together in this time of need to help our friends and neighbors in Southern West Virginia.

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer your time through Volunteer West Virginia, follow this link. At this time, they’re asking individuals to avoid attempting to help in-person, until the affected areas have been assessed. “As soon as road hazards are clear and needs are identified” the site says, “a volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule a volunteer shift or overnight deployment.” You can also call the WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at 304-558-0111 for more information on where help is needed, or make a donation to help continue their efforts. The Red Cross need volunteers to help with shelters, especially during this week. You can call 304-340-3650 and ask to speak to Shannon Tyler.

Financial donations go a long way for disaster relief, especially when needs change quickly. You can send monetary donations to the WV Chapter of the Red Cross, here – or you can very easily and quickly make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 (the $10 will be billed to the cell phone account.) United Way of Southern West Virginia’s office is closed while staff volunteer, but they are accepting and organizing donations – you can text “Goal17” to 71777, or visit their website.

The Southern West Virginia Emergency Flood group has organized an Amazon registry for flood victims where you can purchase items in need that will be shipped directly to their Medical Center in Rainelle, WV.

Lead by the kind ladies at Twisted Sisters Boutique in Marietta, the Downtown Marietta Merchants are working together to collect and distribute as many items as possible. “We need to pull together and find every resource we can to help these folks! It resembles a war zone in all affected areas,” said Becky Pritchett. Here is a list of local stores collecting supplies:

Downtown Marietta:

Silver Linings
Mahone Tire
Marietta Chamber of Commerce
Schafer Leather Store
Gold Line Jewelers
A Unique Flower & Gift Shop
Tonya’s Country Kitchen
Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop on SWAGG Studio side
Change of A Dress
Twisted Sisters Boutique
The Cook’s Shop
Simple Pleasures
Top Drawer Furniture
Just A Jar
Kassel Music
The Town House
Teri Anns
Putnam Chocolates
Dad’s Primitive
American Flags & Poles
Two Peas in A Pod
All Pro Nutrition
A.A. Jewelry By Design
H. Rietz Co.
Emanuel’s Bakery
Butler St. & Tiber Way
Marietta Boat Harbor
Merle Norman
Putnam Street
Baker and Baker Jewelers
Workingman’s Store
The Anchor Shops
Simply Seconds

Marietta Wine Cellars
Marietta Adventure Company
Hair Hippie
Riverside Artist Gallery
Marietta/Washington County CVB

St Mary’s:
Galaxy Food Center until June 30th

Simply Sophia’s-Merle Norman
The PM Company (office located off of Grand Central, in front of Shoe Department – collecting on Monday and Tuesday, all items except clothing)
Williamstown Bank

Williamstown Bank

Tudor’s Biscuit World is also teaming up with Mountain Mission Incorporated as a drop off location for donations. See the Facebook page for suggested items. All Tudor’s WV location (including Parkersburg) are participating.

Here are the items in need:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Bottled or jugged water
  • New underwear and socks
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries
  • Pet care products and food
  • Washcloths and towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • First Aid Kits
  • Garbage bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Laundry detergent
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Feminine Products

You can also drop off items at the Red, White and Brews Festival this Friday night! Volunteers will be on hand to help with collections, and have coordinated with a truck for delivery. Marietta Main Street partnered with the Marietta Brewing Company, The Galley, and Twisted Sisters to make this happen – and is also donating $1 of every ticket sold to the relief effort. You can purchase your tickets right here!

Want to put your sweet cooking skills to great use? You can help prepare meals for those affected, find more information from the Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery & Relief facebook page.

Additionally, there are individuals planning trips with donations:

Here at Clutch MOV, we are donating 100% of the proceeds from our Montani Semper Liberi shirt from now through the end of July to the relief effort.

The more we can work together, the more impact we can have for our WV brothers and sisters. Please help in whatever ways you can, stay safe, and send love, all around.