By , May 31, 2002

During the recent floods in West Virginia, Operation Compassion’s Appalachian Dream Center was at the epicenter of relief activity. While the flooding was localized in McDowell County, the devastation was the greatest in the history of the state. Hundreds of homes were completely destroyed leaving only the slab foundations behind. Cars, trucks and other personal property were swept away by the floodwaters.

Early on the day following the flood, Michael Hartwell, Director of the Appalachian Dream Center had his staff swing into action. They were on the scene starting to deliver the necessary supplies before the West Virginia Emergency Management staff had arrived. However, it became apparent from the outset that the supplies would not be enough to meet the need.

During that same day, Larry Jones and the staff of Feed the Children contacted David Lorency, International Field Director of Operation Compassion about helping with the massive flood relief. After the needs were discussed, Feed the Children proceeded to send the necessary flood relief products. Semi loads of bottled water, food, clothing, pales and shovels, cleaning supplies and blankets came rolling in just in time.

With the partnership of Feed the Children, Operation Compassion’s Appalachian Dream Center was able to supply the residents with all the products they needed to get through the critical days and weeks following the flood. Michael Hartwell stated, “Feed the Children was a life saver. We were down the very end of our relief supplies when they arrived. Without their help, many families would have gone without.”

Family after family was so desperate after loosing everything they owned. Many families only had the clothes on their backs. In fact, one family was camping out on the concrete slab of their house, using a tarp as a lean-to for covering from the elements. The road to their makeshift residence was washed out and food had to be delivered by a four-wheeler.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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