When Materials Handler Supervisor Roger Kennedy heard about the extensive flood damage in Southwestern WV, he realized that WVU Dining could aid in flood recovery efforts with a unique contribution: ice. On Friday, July 08, 2016, Kennedy and his team of material handlers loaded two tons of bagged ice into a freezer truck to help with continuing flood relief efforts.
The main challenges were initially logistical: how to store and transport the ice from Morgantown to flood effected areas. Through a personal friend, Roger was able to secure a freezer truck from United Dairy, a regional dairy company. Joined by Matthew Eddy, Douglas Chipps, and Roger Yost, the team of material handlers spent Thursday evening July 7 and Friday morning July 8 filling ice bags and loading the truck. In total, a little over 4,000 pounds of ice will be delivered to cold storage in Clendenon W.V. on Friday evening.
“I have a connection to someone down there who lost a child in the floods” said Kennedy. “I’m just happy I can contribute this little bit to the effort.”
Kennedy is currently planning a second delivery for the week of July 10th. His efforts are an example of the thousands of WVU volunteers who have contributed to relief efforts in the state.
(Photo, from Left to Right: Roger Yost, Matthew Eddy, and Roger Kennedy)