International aid coming to WV flood victims


Many people have heard of the American Red Cross and what they do to help people in disasters here and around the world.  Now an international disaster relief organization is coming to the aid of West Virginians who were affected by the devastating floods. The Tzu Chi Foundation’s mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need and create a better world for all.  In Chinese, Tzu means “compassion” and Chi means “relief.”

Members of the agency will be meeting only with residents impacted by the flooding during their visit.  They will be set up on Saturday, July 16 at Elkview Baptist Church at 1150 Main Street.  That will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  On Sunday, July 17 they will be at Rainelle Elementary School at 701 Kanawha Ave.  That will also be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  These meetings will be the only opportunity for flood victims to take advantage of the benefits Tzu Chi has to offer.

They will be distributing debit cards for those pre-approved families which suffered flood damage.  All recipients must bring a Photo ID and Proof of Address of the damaged house. This assistance is in addition to that offered by FEMA , the Red Cross and any other organization.  If you would like more information call the Red Cross Disaster Center at 1-855-224-2490.

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