Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink...
This familiar saying rings all too true right now in the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, where a chemical leak into the Elk River has left almost 300,000 people in nine West Virginia counties without water for drinking, cooking, or bathing. Although water is slowly being restored, the effects will be long-lasting, particularly for the state's poorest workers. Food service employees, many of whom earn less than minimum wage and rely on tips to make up the difference, were among the hardest-hit economically by this disaster. Without water, restaurants and related industries closed their doors, leaving these workers without earning capacity.
What does contaminated water have to do with diapers?
Good question! The answer is "a lot". We have received requests for disposable diapers. These are an expensive item that many of the poorest workers need for their children. Without income, they are forced to make difficult choices about whether to pay rent, put food on the table, or buy items such as diapers, toiletries, and medicine.
How to donate...
Click on the "donate" button on this page or send financial donations to: Community Lutheran Partners, PO Box 3054, Wheeling, WV 26003. Community Lutherans Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) agency and your donations are tax deductible.