In the wake of the devastating West Virginia floods, a local man has asked the question: “Can Delaware fill a semi-truck with donations?”
Delaware resident Steve Cooper wants to help the victims of the West Virginia flooding by collecting donations of basic supplies of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.
Cooper started the project Wednesday by posting a flyer on social media and around Delaware asking for donations. In two days, Cooper said the response has been good — with many people donating large quantities of items. “I’m pretty happy with what we have gotten so far,” he said.
First Fleet has donated the semi-truck and trailer that Cooper hopes to fill to the top with donations.
Cooper said donations will be accepted at the Delaware County Community Market at 222 E. William St. in Delaware until July 10. Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sherry Haught of Delaware dropped off donations after seeing the flyer on social media. Haught said she and her daughters filled two shopping carts with possible needed supplies for victims while out shopping Thursday.
Cooper is asking for basic items like bleach, toothbrushes, non-perishable foods, baby diapers and wipes, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items. He hopes to have the trailer filled and on the way to West Virginia by July 12.
Twenty-three people died in last week’s flooding in West Virginia.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin