Glenn Jeffries is being praised for his heroic efforts in helping others affected by the June 23 flooding that continues to take its toll. Upon hearing the news, his vacation came to a screeching halt and was replaced by backbreaking work in 100+ degree temperatures, coordination with other volunteers, and a dogged commitment to get the job done, no matter what.
He has been called a saint for his part in the process of healing and getting families back on their feet.
“Glenn Jeffries is one of the most selfless caring humanitarians I have ever had the pleasure to know,” says Melissa Riggs Huffman, the Democratic candidate in the District 40 House of Delegates race. “From the very first day after the flood when I contacted him in complete despair not knowing what to do or where to turn he took the lead in helping with the flood relief in our devastated community, and he has not stopped to this day. He has gone from bringing truck loads of much needed supplies to teaming up with the Mountain Mission creating Project Hope and rebuilding not only people’s homes, most not even in his campaign district, but helping to rebuild their lives and giving them a sense of normalcy and stability. There are no words to describe the gratitude this community has for Glenn Jeffries. He is in a major Senatorial race and if you talk to him personally his main concern is not his campaign but getting people back into their homes before cold weather hits. He has been such an inspiration and leader in his efforts that hundreds of members of the union trades and crafts have volunteered thousands of man hours to join him in rebuilding the flood devastated communities of Elk River. It is an honor to have worked beside him during the flood relief efforts and even more of an honor to call him my friend.”
In a Mountain Mission press release, Jeffries is credited as pivotal in a partnership of groups to help rebuilding homes along the Elk River.
Here is the link to the press release.
A long-term recovery group has been formed to help flood victims, reports WSAZ NewsChannel 3.
You can access the link to the online piece by clicking here.
Jeffries’ Facebook page documents it all. For example, a video titled “Finishing up drywall at Pauley home” shows just how much of a leader he is.
Click here to see the video.
Facebook member Sherry Thaxton Breeden shared the video.
“Glenn Jeffries not only talks the talk, he and many local union members walk the walk as they continue to help victims of the devastating flood get back in their homes,” she wrote on her Timeline. “I will proudly cast my vote on November 8 for Glenn Jeffries – Senate District 8. In my opinion Glenn already is a true statesman, a representative of the people, and we need his representation at our State Capitol!”
A Man and His Legacy
A blog post about Jeffries is incomplete without mention of one’s legacy. For that, here is what Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, had to say.
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
“It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
Next time on October 17 on Second Chances For West Virginians: Remember in November – Why You Must Vote
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Robert Grossman has written for radio and TV news reporting as well as newspapers and magazines, including Bicycling and Professional Pilot.
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