Elk River volunteers collect gift cards to mark one year since June flooding

Many homes along the Elk River have not been touched since the June 2016 flood. A group is trying to collect gift cards to help flood victims. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Radio Free Elk River volunteer group has been a staple for many families affected by June 2016's historic flooding. The group started as a Facebook page of conversations dealing with how people could get help to survivors in need.

"This is the spirit of the West Virginia people," group member Jessica Hypes said. "We are neighbors helping neighbors. We started to notice there are still people who need help a year later. They need things like building supplies, two-by-fours, roofing materials or dry wall sheets."

Hypes said the group came up with the Labor of Love gift card event. Members are asking the community to donate gift card from places like Lowe's, Home Depot, 84 Lumber or local supply stores. They will be collecting gift cards until the end of June.

"There are still people who didn't meet the FEMA guidelines or maybe they missed a deadline to apply for aid. We want to get these gift cards into the hands of people who can really use them to finish rebuilding," she said.

Anyone who is interested in pitching in can mail gift cards to Nancy Godbey at the address below.

Nancy Godbey

16591 Elk River Road North

Clendenin, WV 25045

Neighbors who would still like to get involved in the local relief efforts can visit the Radio Free Elk River page.

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