July 17, 2013

CWS Kits and Blankets Newly Deployed in Five States

Cleaning up flood damage
Joann Gandee is having to pull all the carpets and flooring out of her home after the recent flooding in Roane County, W. Va. Photo: Jenny Gannaway

Recent shipments of CWS Kits and Blankets mean practical comfort for survivors of flooding in Ohio, wildfires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma, Superstorm Sandy in New York and a series of disasters in West Virginia.  Materials sent by request of local service providers include:

  • 200 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets, going to First Christian Church in Mansfield, Ohio, for distribution to people recovering from heavy rains and flooding in Richland County over the past week.  This active CWS CROP Hunger Walk congregation is coordinating with the area emergency management system and other CROP Hunger Walk churches to identify people most in need of these supplies, said the church’s secretary, Sandy Stout.
  • 600 CWS Hygiene Kits, 500 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets, 75 CWS Baby Kits and 60 CWS Blankets, going to Appalacian Outreach in Moundsville, W.Va., which has the state’s only warehouse for voluntary agencies’ response following disasters, including recent flooding and Superstorm Sandy. 

Jenny Gannaway, who chairs West Virginia’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, said 206 homes in Roane County and about 140 homes in Kanawha County suffered flooding during the past three weeks.  In addition, she said, “we are still doing Sandy repairs.  West Virginia had 11 destroyed homes and over 100 homes received major damage, such as collapsed roofs from heavy wet snow caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Between 70 and 80 homes are still being repaired or need repair.  We still have people living in outbuildings, and we are still finding families that have fallen through the cracks.  Normally what we do once we have a home repaired is give the family a CWS Emergency Cleanup Bucket for final cleanup as they move back in.”

  • 1,020 CWS Blankets, 510 CWS School Kits, 540 CWS Hygiene Kits and 500 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets. They went to the Springs Adventist Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., a point of distribution to wildfire evacuees and first responders.  Several Colorado fires have been contained or extinguished, but the West Peak fire complex continues to rage and several communities are still under mandatory evacuation orders.
  • 300 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and 300 CWS Hygiene Kits to the Pikes Peak, Colo., Chapter of the American Red Cross, also for wildfire evacuees and first responders.  All 300 CWS Hygiene Kits and 185 of the CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets were drawn from material goods CWS had stockpiled at Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond, Okla., in May.
  • 1,200 CWS Hygiene Kits, 300 CWS School Kits, 300 CWS Blankets, 210 CWS Baby Kits and 30 CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets, completing the distribution of material goods that CWS had stockpiled at Southern Hills Christian Church in Edmond, Okla., in May.  These went to the Latino Community Development Agency – La Agencia Latina (http://lcdaok.org) in Oklahoma City, Okla., for clients struggling to clean up and repair homes damaged by tornadoes and flooding in June.
  • 1,020 CWS School Kits, 1,020 CWS Hygiene Kits, 510 CWS Blankets, and 255 CWS Baby Kits.  They are going to Project Hope Charities (www.projecthopecharities.org) in Jamaica, N.Y., for its distribution to Rockaways residents still displaced and living in shelters nine months following Superstorm Sandy.

In recent months the demands for CWS Kits have been great in the United States and across the globe and CWS warehouse stocks are rapidly being depleted. Generous support to restock the warehouses will help CWS respond to current and future needs of disaster survivors.  Click here for full information: http://www.cwsglobal.org/get-involved/kits/