Originally, The Greenbrier Classic chose to make admission to the
When the tournament was cancelled due to substantial damage to The Old White TPC golf course because of June flooding in
Now, rebuilding homes in
As the flood received national and international attention, sports stars and celebrities such as
According to NLN,
"The response has been incredible," said
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The Wests toured area homes
Other homes might take several more weeks.
"When you go through tragedy, miracles can happen," said West, a 6-foot-3 Hall of Fame basketball player with the
"It's amazing to see what can happen when people are committed to seeing it be accomplished."
West said because he grew up with a meager childhood in
"I've been very fortunate to live a very different life," he said. "We seek to help people and not publicity. It's an amazing undertaking."
West said he looks forward to returning next summer and seeing people back in their homes.
"We just need more resources and time," he said.
"The Wests have been 150 percent in and very supportive,"
Call to Come Back
West and the rest of the crew touring downtown White Sulphur
Heavy equipment rumbling, trucks hauling debris and contractors pounding away all serve as signs of progress.
Mennonite Disaster Services and other charitable organizations includ ing Baptist and Lutheran organizations have donated construction workers. All money coming in goes directly to purchasing materials, with none going to any administrative costs.
Those are being taken care of by Greenbrier Owner
The people who live in
"We would like to see an overwhelming interest come back for the fall and winter," he said. "That would be the best thing the people here could see."
Being efficient with its resources has helped Neighbors
"We're trying to stretch our dollars as far as we can and help as many people as possible because of donated materials and labor," said
The efficiency also caught the attention of Homeland Security. The efforts in
"Homeland Security has been very impressed with our process,"
"It's a huge effort," she said.
The homeowners don't want to leave their neighborhoods where they've lived for many years, and
"They have a lot of memories there," she said. "They either inherited the property or they raised their kids there. They're proud people that don't want to ask for help. But they're very appreciative of everything.
"It's been very rewarding to see how many lives we are touching."
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