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Blue Ridge Community and Technical Joins in Assisting Charleston with Water Crisis

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has heeded the call from Senator John Unger. In an earlier release from the Senator’s office, he asks that “…all in the Eastern Panhandle . . . join in assisting the people impacted by this disaster in Charleston and the surrounding area.”

Late last week a chemical spill contaminated the water supply of over 300,000 people. Governor Tomblin has issued a state of emergency for nine counties.

“It is our duty to assist our community at large,” said President Checkovich, “Water is essential to life.  Thousands of people are in jeopardy.  We need to do everything in our power to help.”

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is asking for donations from its faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Checkovich states, “We will be collecting items and assisting Senator Unger with the Eastern Panhandle Relief Response.”

The items needed are:

Distilled Water for medical devices
Liquid baby formula
Paper plates
Plastic utensils
Microwavable Meals

Blue Ridge CTC will collect items and transport them to the other collection sites.  Collection will begin Monday morning and continue through the end of the crisis. Further information can be found on Blue Ridge CTC’s website at

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