CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As evacuees from the Carolinas and Virginia continue to arrive in our state ahead of Hurricane Florence, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia is planning to provide temporary housing to a limited number displaced families.

Executive Director Dewayne Dickens said the Charleston location wants to do what it can to help a limited number of families during the crisis.

“We’ll, of course, provide food and obviously the lodging but we’ll also give them a place where they can was their clothes, and they’ll have WiFi and whatever the comforts are that they would that they’re missing from home, we’ll provide it here and of course we do this without any charge,” said Dickens, adding that, as a practical matter, the house will only be able to help a handful of families.

“We’re very limited on space, this is not something that we can open our doors up for everyone who may need it but we can try to take three or four families, but if we see the need for more, somehow we’ll accomodate more,” said Dickens.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is also partnering with local resident Mark Boggs to be a donation drop-off site for supplies that will be transported to cities affected by the hurricane. The team partnered last year to aid families in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Families seeking lodging can contact the House at 304-346-0279 for additional information on how to request a room.

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