HUNTINGTON - Kroger stores in the Charleston and Huntington areas are collecting food and supplies for victims of the disastrous floods that swept West Virginia last week.

Each store has set up designated bins for customers to make donations of nonperishable food items, water and supplies, according to a release.

Union Mission in Charleston will pick up donations and distribute them.

Several other groups across the Mountain State are also lending a hand to the victims.

Most groups are asking for donations of bottled water, nonperishable food, baby diapers, bleach, brooms, mops, shovels, bleach wipes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, triple-antibiotic ointment, work gloves, rubber boots and buckets.

>> The city of Huntington and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition are collecting supplies through Thursday, June 30, at two locations: Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., Huntington, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and Facing Hunger Foodbank, 1327 7th Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

OVEC is also seeking volunteers who can help load supplies on Thursday and provide transportation. For more information or to offer assistance, email Natalie@ohvec.org.

>> The Lesage Lions Club and the Hillbilly Toy Chest in Milton are collecting cleaning supplies and other donations. Drop-off is during business hours at the Hillbilly Toy Chest, 878 E. Main St., Milton.

>> The Milton Baptist Church Mission Committee is collecting cleaning supplies. Drop-off is from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 26, at the church, 1123 Church St., Milton.

>> The Marshall University Women's Studies Program is collecting monetary donations on GoFundMe. The link is https://www.gofundme.com/2bjuy3x8. They are also setting up collection barrels at the Marshall Recreation Center, at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street; the Women's Center, on the first floor of Prichard Hall; and the Memorial Student Center, at the corner of 5th Avenue and John Marshall Drive.

Donated supplies will be distributed through United Way chapters in the affected areas. Monetary donations also may be made through the Flood Emergency Fund link at www.unitedwaycwv.org, by texting Goal17 to 71777 or by calling 304-253-2111.

>> The West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster asks for monetary donations to its Disaster Relief Fund or volunteers to register at www.volunteerwv.org. More information can be found at https://wvvoad.communityos.org.

The Attorney General's Office asks that anyone who experiences charitable fraud or price gouging to call the Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or file a report online at www.wvago.gov.

The tip line will remain operational from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Those concerned about the legitimacy of a specific charity or organization should review the Secretary of State's website to confirm if it is registered to solicit donations in West Virginia. Consumers also can research charities online via www.charitynavigator.org or www.guidestar.org.

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