Jaysha Thompson from Community Resources, Inc. appeared before the Wetzel County Commission to request a donation on behalf of her organization. Thompson stated that CRI has been having a very difficult time acquiring funds since the storm. She said CRI usually serves 20-30 families a month, but served 70 in July, as families recovered from the derecho that hit the area June 29.
Thompson also reported that since CRI moved from the Steelton Plaza to the Florentine Arts Center, they were unable to keep their thrift store and food pantry because of space issues, so these resources themselves have not been available to help those in need.
Thompson stated that Tyler County has donated a share of its funds to help with the food pantry for those on state Route 20 affected by the storm. Businesses, though, have also had to turn CRI down as they, themselves, try to play catch-up from the storm. Thompson stated that sadly, last week, she had to cancel 15 appointments she had because she did not have necessary funds.
President Don Mason, Vice-President Bob Gorby, and Commissioner Scott Lemley all expressed interest in Community Resources' cause, but requested that Thompson submit a letter in writing to the commission, including a requested donation amount.
If the commission agrees to give a donation to CRI, the funds will be used for food pantry items, medicines for life-threatening illnesses, and utilities for those in need.