WV Tag

[totaldonations-progress-bar campaign="Holiday Stockings for Kids 2015" button="no"] Do you remember how you felt at the holidays, getting a stocking or a Christmas or Hanukkah gift or another treat? I look at this picture and the little girl's face transports me back immediately to how I felt when...

[totaldonations-progress-bar campaign="40 Miles For Clay" button="no"] When I heard that the last grocery store in Clay, West Virginia was closing and residents would have to travel upwards of 40 miles to get groceries, my heart sank. Clay has a special place in my heart. My mom was...

Since all of West Virginia is in Appalachia (much of it distressed) and we work with several organizations there, we followed the recent water crisis there with great interest (and sadness).

To recap: In January 2014, 10,000 gallons MCHM, a chemical used to process coal, and  an unknown amount of PPH, spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River upstream from a municipal water intake serving nine West Virginia counties. It left 300,000 people unsure about their water and reportedly sent around 400 people to the hospital. Even though people are being told the water is "safe," many still have concerns.

In September, we told you about how we visited Clay, West Virginia. The needs were so great there and the food bank was empty. This meant an already bad situation of people not being able to afford food was even worse because they had nowhere to turn to get food. When the food banks are empty, where do you go? The answer is sadly, nowhere. The Monkey Do Project left that trip with a pledge to help fill that food bank each and every month for as long as they needed. Yikes.