EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPRAYERS ANSWERED
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Worldwide Support For Roane County Couple Struggling To Survive Power Outage
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Elizabeth Norieka
Reported: Jul. 6, 2012 8:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 7, 2012 4:44 PM EDT
Spencer , Roane County , West Virginia
We have an Eyewitness News update on the Roane County couple who were struggling to survive and running low on gas that powers the elderly man's ventilator.
Gary Harper, who has Lou Gehrig's Disease, needs a ventilator to stay alive. With no power for a week, and a dwindling gas supply, his wife Debra called Eyewitness News for help.
Eyewitness News shared the couple's story and the response was tremendous. People all across the state, the country and even as far away as Italy reached out to help.
The National Guard, Roane County and MonPower also joined in helping the Harpers and their power was restored around 7pm Friday night.
If you would like to make a donation to the Harper Family, you can at the Poca Valley Bank in Spencer. Just tell them you would like to donate to the "Harper Fund." The bank is located at 1 Black Walnut Avenue in Spencer.
A Roane County couple's prayers have been answered thanks to the kind hearts of people all across the world.
Debra Harper and her husband Gary fell on tough times following the widespread power outage. They were running low on gas that powers their generator that powers Gary's ventilator.
We shared their story and you responded, more than we could have ever hoped for.
People from all across the state, the country and even as far away as Italy reached out to help these high school sweethearts in their time of great need.
Complete strangers who were also out of power, and didn't have much to give, brought what they could to the Harpers.
The Office of Emergency Services in Roane County says they encourage anyone who has medical condition that requires electricity to operate to go ahead and call them, they are there to help. There is also water at all the volunteer fire departments in the area along with ice.
The WV National Guard, the county and Mon Power and hundreds of others have all helped the Harpers.
Mon Power's local director John Norman came out to visit the Harpers himself and gave them money for food. The company was also able to restore the Harper's electricity around 7 o'clock Friday evening.
If you'd like to make a donation to the Harper family, you can at the Poca Valley Bank in Spencer. Just tell them you'd like to donate to the "Harper Fund". The bank is located at 1 Black Walnut Avenue in Spencer.
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