Relief is on the way to flood victims

March 07, 1997


Staff Writer

A school bus pulling a trailer heaped with flood relief items is to leave Hagerstown today bound for Arnoldsburg, W.Va.

Roy Grove, 76, will make the 51/2-hour drive to Calhoun County. He said he already has enough items for a second trip at the end of next week, and he plans to keep going until donations for the flood victims run out.

"I've been doing this for several years," Grove said. "The Lord's been good to me. I just want to pass it on."

Grove, owner of Solliday Oil Co. in Hagerstown, is delivering furniture, mattresses, food, soft drinks and kitchen utensils to families displaced by heavy flooding.


Parts of West Virginia have received up to 7 inches of rain since last Friday, killing at least one person and forcing thousands to leave their homes.

Assessments by the National Guard indicate at least 4,296 homes, 373 businesses and 78 schools and churches in the state have been damaged or destroyed.

"I buy stuff from auctions from time to time," Grove said. "But most of it is donated."

He expects more donations of furniture, household utensils, bedding and sheets.

"It's nice when people want to spend a little money to buy new sheets to send," Grove said.

He said that children experiencing natural disasters appreciate toys, especially new ones.

Food and clothing donations are not as crucial, he said. "But I won't turn them down."

Anyone with donations can take them to Solliday at 325 E. Wilson Blvd.

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