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Taylor County Health Department Collects Items for Water Contamination Victims

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When chemicals spilled into the Elk River on Thursday, a "do not use" order was issued to nine counties in southern West Virginia.  Now residents are struggling and need clean water.

Many organizations in the area are collecting items to take down including Project Hope and the Taylor County Health Department.

"We're collecting quite a few things. We're collecting lots of water, as you know it's pretty bad in Charleston; our goal is to collect as much water as possible. Wet wipes for bathing, paper products, microwavable meals, basic necessities," explained Walesca Marrero, Project Coordinator for Taylor County Project Hope.

Marrero said donations were coming in from just about everywhere.

"We have had so many people come forward, Walgreens, private citizens, businesses, Walmart, everybody has chipped in to make this happen. We have been very blessed to be able to collect so much and we're still waiting on more things. We're looking forward to just be able to provide some kind of relief. It may not be a big relief but its something," said Marrero.

Marrero said that when one area of the state is suffering we all should pitch in to help.

"It's important that no matter where we are in the community or in what county that we reach out to help our brothers and sisters because that's important. You got to give something and you got to give back at one point or another," Marrero said.

The items donated were being delivered on Saturday.

The Taylor County Health Department will continue to collect items until the water is safe to drink.

To contact the health department for more information click here.