Parkersburg woman creates nonprofit to help those affected by disasters

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:19 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WDTV) - Whether it’s a flood or a fire, both can destroy lives. Joy Buskirk, founder of “After the disaster” is helping those impacted pick up the pieces.

After the disaster prepares large tote bins with 20 total personal hygiene kits made for, “six women, six men, and eight children.” said Buskirk. The kits are delivered to local fire departments to give to victims at the scene of a fire.

“Whatever they use we restock so that they have a continual supply,” Buskirk continued. Earlier this month, the nonprofit donated the 20 totes to code officers in Morgantown.

Buskirk says what inspired her to create the nonprofit.

“We had a fire 17 years a ago at our house and although our house didn’t burn completely down, we couldn’t go in because of the smoke and water damage, so we were just left with the clothes on our backs.” said Buskirk.

She says after all these years, she still remembers the day everything changed and since then has distributed 83 kits between West Virginia and Ohio.

“This is what I tell the fire departments when we give them a tote. I say, “This is something I hope you never have to use but if you do, it’s there.’” said Buskirk.

Buskirk says that she hopes to expand to all 55 counties in West Virginia.

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