Retirees Give Time and Effort to Help During Water Crisis


JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When you think of retirement, the first thing that likely comes to mind is lack of work; unless you've met the Century Aluminum retirees.

"I call 'em and it doesn't take 'em very many minutes to get in gear and start working to make it happen," said Karen Gorrell with the Century Retirees.

In their 60's and 70's, they spent their weekend helping others.

"Being so far away from it, I don't think we really realize how tragic it'd be," said Gorrell.

When Gorrell saw volunteers from other states helping those in West Virginia affected by the water crisis, she was thankful, but also inspired.

"I feel like West Virginia people need to do what they can," said Gorrell.

It's the same inspiration that brought Mary Norman and her daughter Kaylee to donate.

"I've been wanting to do something to help and this was close by," said Norman.

Case after case, retirees loaded up water in Jackson County to take south.

When asked if he was too old to be lifting the weight, 72-year-old Walter Skeen jokingly agreed, but his attitude said no.

"Just want to get out and help," said Skeen, "Anyway we can."

When the water finally got to it's destination on Charleston's East End, the reactions from neighbors made the hard work worth it; and provided a level of thanks that is leading others to pay it forward.

"It's a great thing they're doing to give back to the community," said Dennis Green, "and it's about time the community gave back to them too."

The Century Retirees are looking to bring a semi truck full of water down to Whitesville next week. If you would like to help out, call 304-249-8115.


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