Local volunteers help victims of W. Va. chemical spill

By Chelsey Ross

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Friday afternoon, two volunteers from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross will be traveling to Charleston, West Virginia to offer their help to those who are being affected by a chemical spill.

Diana Morgan and Jim Brazzel, the Cincinnati volunteers, along with volunteers from the Dayton Chapter of the Red Cross, will distribute large quantities of water to the residents of Charleston.

The spill into the Elk River has occurred as a result of Freedom Industries, yet the cause of the spill remains unclear.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has ordered residents who use West Virginia American Water to not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with the water.

The Associated Press has reported that schools are shut down, grocery stores have ran out of bottled water, and the state legislators canceled the day's work.

Along with the Red Cross, Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Blue Ash, is also helping the victims of the spill.

Four semis and a box truck have taken 200 thousand pounds of bottled water and other beverages to Charleston, as well as 8,500 pounds of paper products.

Two disaster relief vehicles have also been sent from the organization to help distribute the supplies.

Matthew 25 is also accepting monetary donations and bottled water to help with the relief efforts. Visit www.m25m.org for more information.

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