Tornado victims receive help as Virginians rally


Catherine Beale is raffling off this "Evergreen" quilt, on display now at Village Frameworks in Culpeper.  Photo by Jeff Say
Catherine Beale is raffling off this “Evergreen” quilt, on display now at Village Frameworks in Culpeper.
Photo by Jeff Say

Catherine Beale grew up in Appomattox County. The community of Evergreen is near and dear to her heart. When a tornado touched down in February, more than 300 homes were destroyed or severely damaged and many people were injured.

Aware of the current and urgent financial situation she and the “Culpeper Friends of a Friend (from Appomattox) helping Friends” felt that making and raffling a quilt would be a quick way to raise money to do their part to help. All proceeds from the quilt raffle will be given to victims of EF3 tornado that devastated parts of Appomattox County.

The quilt, which is on display at Skip and Lou Price’s Village Frameworks on Main Street, is 100 x 103 – King Size. Tickets are $1. For any donation over $10, you may write a check made out to Evergreen Baptist Church. The church is a collection point for donations and the money will be given to those who need financial assistance with no strings attached. The church is aware of situations throughout Appomattox where assistance is needed.

To learn more, contact Catherine Beale at 540-825-0845.


ABC store donations help tornado victims


Virginians are a generous bunch. Since Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores began accepting donations for February’s tornado victims two weeks ago, customers have contributed a stunning $86,000 to the cause.

“It’s inspiring to see the outpouring of support for fellow citizens during times of hardship and natural disaster,” said Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran. “Having visited the communities devastated by these tornadoes, I’m thrilled by the generosity of Virginians and appreciate ABC’s role in delivering needed assistance to these ravaged areas,” he said. In February, several people lost their lives, others were injured and many homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged when tornados swept through the commonwealth. Virginia ABC began collecting tax deductible donations at each of its 358 stores across the state to help those who suffered losses from the storms.

“We are pleased ABC has been able to assist in the mission of raising funds for communities impacted by the winter tornadoes,” said ABC Chief Operating Officer Travis Hill. “ABC customers have risen to the call, and we hope they continue donating throughout the year as we work with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to bring additional resources to support storm recovery efforts.” The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, a state-managed fund administered by VDEM, helps finance the repair or reconstruction of underinsured homes and buildings and provides transportation assistance, temporary living expenses and other needed financial support for Virginians recovering from storm loss. Fund proceeds are distributed as grants to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other nonprofit and faith-based organizations.

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