Ohioans help in flood relief effort

Farm Bureau members in Ohio and West Virginia are working together to provide assistance to victims of a devastating flood that hit the Appalachian region this past summer, and you can help through the West Virginia Beef Relief effort.

West Virginia Beef Relief was formed in July as an effort to help victims of the historic June flood in that state. The June 23 flood brought up to 10 inches of rain in a 12-24 hour period, killing 23 in one of the most economically challenged areas of the country.

The relief effort provides meat for those in need. The cause raises money to pay for animals to slaughter and the fees to process them. Also being accepted are donations of beef and hogs.

Eric Thomason, a field representative for the West Virginia Farm Bureau, and West Virginia Farm Bureau members and beef farmers John and Sara Wayne founded the effort and made the first deliveries at the end of July.

Since then the outreach has grown to include help from Ohio Farm Bureau members. Meat processor and Ashland County Farm Bureau member Rick Heffelfinger and Roger Baker, state Farm Bureau board member, collaborated on making another delivery in August. Both men have family ties to the areas hardest hit by the flood.

The need is on-going, with some areas devoid of protein for weeks at a time as the people living in flood ravaged communities try to rebuild their lives.

Updates about the relief effort can be found on its Facebook page. A more detailed story about West Virginia Beef Relief will be in the next edition of Our Ohio magazine (November/December 2016).

Anyone willing to donate money or animals for slaughter can contact coordinator Eric Thomason at [email protected] or 304-516-9509 or Ohio Farm Bureau’s Roger Baker at [email protected] or 330-621-1609.
Monetary donations may be sent to:
First Baptist Church
42 Hart Ave.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Make check to “FBC”

NOTE: Donation must include “Beef Relief” in the memo line.


Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.