Thursday’s massive chemical spill in West Virginia contaminated tap water for hundreds of thousands of folks, leaving them without safe water to drink, bathe in or even cook with.
“Immediately when this happened all the local stores were bought out of water,” said Robyn Renner, the Director of Disaster relief for the Christian Appalachian Project.
With the uncertainty of where they would find clean water next, people began to panic.
But it was one organization, the Christian Appalachian Project, which quickly stepped in to help calm the chaos.
“We immediately got a semi truckload of water shipped out the next morning. We sent it to Williamson and they handed it out immediately and it was gone immediately,” Renner said.
The group sent two semi trucks to the southernmost counties in West Virginia where volunteers unloaded a staggering amount of clean water to give to residents.
“They said we actually prevented a riot because so many people were desperate for the water and they began getting scared about the situation.”
All in all, the director tells us nearly 40,000 water bottles were handed out.
“Anything we can do to help families in a crisis situation like that... that’s exactly what we do.” And providing for folks who couldn't provide for themselves is exactly what this group did in West Virginia.