In June 2016, torrential rains caused flooding in West Virginia and parts of nearby Virginia. Twenty-three people lost their lives and thousands more were affected. KFC® Team Member Donald Blake was one of those people.
The water got as deep as 16 inches inside Donald’s Covington, Va. home, where he lives with his wife and step-daughter. Flood waters didn’t recede for two days and, after that, mud and debris had to be shoveled out before the home was livable again. The damage to walls, flooring and appliances was extensive.
While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came to the assistance of flood victims in nearby West Virginia, according to Donald, that same assistance was not offered to those in his area.
Enter the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation’s KFC Family Fund, a crisis assistance program for KFC restaurant employees. Donald applied for assistance and received money that helped get things back to normal a bit quicker.
“I just received a check from the KFC Family Fund. It was a very generous amount. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much,” said Donald in a note to the Foundation. “My eyes watered up and I cried like a baby– tears of joy, not sadness. This will help Sherry and I get back on our feet and back to where we were before the dreaded flood. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”