Bluefield College sends furniture to Rainelle

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Bluefield College recently replaced dormitory furnishings according to College President Dr. David Olive. The decision to send furniture to Rainelle came after major flooding struck. One tractor-trailer was being filled at 1600 Bluefield Avenue while another was on the way Monday.

BLUEFIELD —Materials and contributed muscle came together Monday evening to help households recovering from West Virginia’s devastating floods take another step toward getting their lives back.

Bluefield College recently replaced the furnishings in 88 women’s dormitory rooms, College President Dr. David Olive said as volunteers filled a tractor-trailer with desks, shelves, bed frames, mattresses and chairs. The college had been distributing the furniture to organizations requesting it. Some of it went to a Baptist mission and beds went to the nearby Wade Center, where they will be used to furnish missionary accommodations. The decision to send furniture to Rainelle came after major flooding struck.

One tractor-trailer was being filled at 1600 Bluefield Avenue while another was on the way. Local Rotarian Jeff Disibbio said the Bluefield, Bluefield, Va. and Princeton Rotary Clubs came together to help get the furniture to Rainelle. Rotarians in Greenbrier County are coordinating an effort to store and help distribute the furniture.

“It will be deposited at the old Heilig-Meyers building in Rainelle,” Disibbio said. “They will vet and distribute the furniture.”

Disibbio thanked the city of Bluefield for letting the college and volunteers store the furniture at 1600 Bluefield Avenue, and for sending city employees to help with the loading. Volunteers from the Fellowship Home of Bluefield, Four Seasons Recovery Center, the Princeton Rescue Squad, and Weiss Trucking also donated personnel and services to the effort.

 — Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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