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Century Aluminum Retirees Collect Water For Rural Communities

Reported: Feb. 23, 2014 7:05 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 23, 2014 9:27 PM EST
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RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- People in Ravenswood are more than happy to donate water to help out fellow West Virginians.

"I can't imagine how terrible it would be to not be able to drink water out of your own kitchen sink," Ravenswood resident Nadia Radzyminski said.

The Century Aluminum retirees put the water drive together with just about a day's notice, and they are happy with the response they got.

"In West Virginia we stick together. We wanted to do something to help those people who need it," Karen Gorrell, spokesperson for the Century Aluminum Retirees, said.

What's so amazing about their generosity, the Century Aluminum retirees are still fighting their own battle, after their healthcare was taken away.

Gorrell said the retirees know what it's like to fight, and that's exactly why they wanted to help people affected by the water crisis.

"This is a short-term load, but if we get out there and we fill like the need is there, we're going to try to fill semis,” Gorrell said.

The group filled up an entire trailer Sunday, and took it to Charleston.

Another truck will be headed down to Whitesville soon.

"We care. We care about this state; we care about the people in it, so here we are," Gorrell said.

People in Ravenswood are happy their hometown is doing something to help out, but think it shouldn't be all up to them.

"The burden of an environmental disaster should be place upon the companies that caused the problem in the first place,” Radzyminski said.



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