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Story published: 08-27-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Roadrunner gives $75,000 to Dry Creek recovery

Helen Story says she wakes up at night and it takes her a second to realize the home she’s sleeping in is really hers. Her new home was made possible through the efforts of Appalachian Service Project, volunteers, and donations from businesses like the $75,000 contribution Roadrunner Markets made last week.

President Ryan Broyles presented the check to ASP President and CEO Walter Crouch in front of Story’s home, which was recently completed by ASP. County Mayor Dan Eldridge was also on hand for the presentation.

Story’s home was one of many destroyed or damaged in devastating floods that hit the Dry Creek community in August 2012.

Broyles says when approached about helping in the rebuild effort, he couldn’t say no. “These are our neighbors, of course we wanted to help. And to see where we are a year from the destruction is amazing.

“The homes are well built and decorated beautifully,” he said. “I know no government agency could have pulled this off like the community coming together has done.”

Broyles also gave residents gift cards to use at one of the 92 Roadrunner Markets.

The generosity does not go unnoticed by Story, who not only had her home damaged, but whose husband passed away just a month after the floods.

“When the floods hit and our home and belongings were damaged, I thought, ‘now what?’ says Story.

“Then I lost my husband. But it’s hard to believe the love that has been shown to us. I thank the Lord first, and then I thank all these good people who have helped.”

Crouch said substantial donations from businesses like Roadrunner are making the rebuild effort possible.

Story’s home is the 22nd home completed by ASP since breaking ground on the first home in October 2012.