The saying that nothing is as important as family came to mean so much more in the aftermath of the June 23rd floods in West Virginia. We saw rainfall of over 9 inches within a short period of time that caused our valleys to flood and lives to be lost. Many members of our community lost everything – homes, belongings, family members or neighbors. In this greatest hour of need, our community came together with speed, concern, and resources to help those who needed it.
At The Greenbrier Sporting Club, our members say that their number one reason for being here is the people. They own a HOME, not a house; the staff who have greeted them have done so for years, decades, a lifetime. A sense of community and family – always here – was magnified over and over in the days and weeks following the flood. Within hours of the event, members of our community had committed funds, resources, and boots on the ground to help with cleanup and restoration.
The Greenbrier hotel opened her doors to house employees and community members who lost homes or could not return to them. 50 East in downtown White Sulphur Springs started cooking food that was on hand and continued to do so for weeks afterwards. Owner and Sporting Club member Tom Crabtree said that once they started cooking food, people just continued to show up and they kept on cooking. Meals were provided to anyone in need. KWCares made an immediate monetary grant and setup a volunteer site in downtown White Sulphur Springs to continue with physical assistance and supplies. Semi-trucks with supplies were directed to our area. Neighbors Loving Neighbors, established by The Greenbrier owner and a Sporting Club member, collected funds to directly assist those in need. To date, that fund has raised over $3 mil. with Neighbors Loving Neighbors now working with Long Term Recovery Effort and VOAD to assist with the recovery and rebuilding effort. Homes for White Sulphur Springs is building a new neighborhood of homes to replace those that cannot be rebuilt in Greenbrier County. This has morphed into a larger effort called Homes for West Virginia.
Every member of our community has helped in some way and the care continues. Our sense of community has never been stronger. With 417 current Sporting Club member families, we have seen our lives touched in so many ways since June 23rd, reminding us all that family matters. We are The Greenbrier Sporting Club family and we have never been more proud to belong together. Click here to support our community: Neighbors Loving Neighbors