Family in critical need of bridge receives help from group

The Dailey family's bridge is close to collapsing. The organization called West Virginia VOAD is helping repair bridges for families in need.

Three organizations continue to help make bridges safer for West Virginia families after flooding last year left a lot of private bridges in need of repair.

The Dailey family has lived in a Lincoln County valley for generations.

Off the beaten path, the only way in or out by car, is over a bridge that is crumbling away.

"With all the flooding issues and the erroding of the creek bed, it keeps falling down into the creek," homeowner Mary Dailey said.

The problem is so severe that Dailey says a little prayer every time she crosses the bridge. Making that bridge even more critical, the Daileys also care for their son, Caleb, who has special needs.

"There have been numerous times we've had to call an ambulance and everything to get him transported to the hospital because his oxygen levels and things like that," Dailey said, "I mean they have plummeted to where you have got to have oxygen and we have to get there asap because it's very critical. It can be life or death."

The Daileys' world is full with taking care of Caleb, who can have anywhere from 10 to 12 seizures a day.

Delivery trucks also use the bridge for his food and medical supplies.

Someone has to be with Caleb 24-7, so Mary Dailey's husband takes care of him while she works.

"When you have a special needs child, you might save a little bit, but when he goes in the hospital we have to use our savings account to make ends meet until he gets to come back home," she said.

The group West Virginia Voluntary Active Disaster heard about the Daileys' situation and came to the rescue. VOAD, as it is known, is a collection of agencies that helps people who have suffered damage from floods.

The Daileys will get a new bridge.

VOAD Chairwoman Jenny Gannaway said it's the families' reaction that makes projects like this worthwhile.

"We're here to now rebuild your bridge that they thought they would never get back," Gannaway said.

Once the bridge is complete, the Daileys said they will breath a sigh of relief.

"Families, they are so happy -- to see them and the tears come down their face," Gannaway said.

Construction on the Daileys' bridge starts in the next coming weeks.

VOAD looks at the financial needs of each family.

To see if you qualify, call 304-235-2692, Extension 1121.

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