ZANESVILLE, Ohio â€“ The flooding in West Virginia has taken the lives of more than 20 people and has destroyed the homes and businesses of others. Now, one former Zanesville resident is doing his part to help pitch-in.
Jon Dudley calls the Mountaineer State home now, but used to live in the Zanesville community, and still has family here. Once Dudley saw the devastation first-hand in West Virginia, he helped organize with his former church, the Trinity Lutheran Church, to help collect donations.
Dudley said the flooding in West Virginia is worse than what you just see on TV.
â€œPeople have lost everything. People have lost their cars, their houses, and their dignity,â€ said Dudley. They are a very prideful people. I have been to the flooded areas. I have shoveled the mud.â€
Donations will be collected at the church on Seventh Street through Sunday. Dudley said they are asking for food items, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and gift cards. And when it comes to lending a helping hand, Dudley said itâ€™s important to remember that these are our neighbors.
â€œThey are just a little further south across that little creek we call the Ohio River. They are our neighbors in Christ, and our neighbors right here,â€ said Dudley.
The donations will be taken in semi-truck to West Virginia on Sunday.