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Last Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 storms swept through southern West Virginia causing horrendous flash floods covering multiple counties. Thousands are without homes, have lost everything, and an unfortunate 23 have lost their lives. Rescue and recovery is still underway, and hundreds are volunteering to help. Donations are being collected, but there are still so much more needed to help.
Every item you purchase will fund a donation to WV VOAD (West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Whether you spend $3.00 on a lip balm or $50.00 on multiple items, I will donate half of the purchase price of all orders until July 1st to WV VOAD. So far, to date 6/27/16 we have raised $32.00.
Niffer's was started and grown in WV, and I have lived there almost my entire life. I want to help out my fellow Mountaineers in their time of need. Now that we have moved to TN I do not feel any less love for my home state, and I believe that we can offer the suffering some relief.
You may be wondering why I do not send laundry powder since that's kind of my thing during events such as this. Well, I would but I had already designated a charity to donate laundry powder to for the month of June.
If you have ever bought laundry powder you will find on the label a brief paragraph noting that your purchase has funded a number of single load packets to people in need. Typically each month I calculate how much laundry powder was sold and then I calculate how many single load packets were funded. In the last year, the average has been less than 10 packets a month. Almost all of the donations over the last year have been out of pocket, and not eligible for a tax deduction. I'm not looking for deductions or recognition. What I am looking for is the plain and simple satisfaction of helping others in a time of need.
That being said, this fundraiser isn't about making money while giving a little bit to charity. What it is about is offering great products to you so we can, together, help other people. Simple as that.
If you have a few extra dollars this week I hope you can purchase your favorite Niffer's product, or try something new! July 1st I will tally up all of this week's orders and donate half to WV VOAD. If you're curious as to how much we raise, follow me on Facebook where I will post the total on Friday evening.
Have a good week friends, and if you're in West Virginia I hope you stay safe as the weather is reporting possible flash floods again tonight.
Pictures were used without permission from Q13 Fox and ABC News.