SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk church decided to pitch-in and help the victims of last month’s devastating West Virginia flooding while celebrating our nation’s independence Monday.
The Ebenezer United Methodist Church (UMC) was accepting donations during its Eclipse, 4th of July Parade.
The festivities were scheduled for most of Monday, culminating in a 9 p.m. fireworks show.
The church collected monetary donations as well as house hold items including flat shovels, paper towels, work gloves and heavy-duty trash bags throughout the day.
The flooding in West Virginia claimed the lives of more than 20 people in late June. The National Weather Service called the flooding a 1,000-year event.
A local Hampton Roads family as well as areas groups, such as Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing, have worked to help West Virginia in the aftermath of June’s flooding.
The donations will go to a church in White Sulphur Springs, where many of the lives were lost.