Operation Friend to Friend

$65,900 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 37 months
Operation Friend to Friend wants to make sure our neighbors in Greenbrier County have jobs to return to.  As a business owner in White Sulphur Springs, WV, I want to help other local small business owners put their employees back to work.

Video of Flood in White Sulphur Springs

As a business owner, I want to help friends who have lost the tools of their trades.  Like so many small towns across the country, our economy literally depends on the backs of small business owners.  For example, my friend Guy Hubbard who owns and operates a local tree service lost all his equipment.  For $3,000 we can purchase new saws and put him and his employees back to work. Cooks Kitchen lost $10,000 in food to prepare for The Greenbrier Classic.  They bought this food on credit and do not have the ability to reopen.  These are the stories we can change.  

Operation Friend to Friend
 started serendipitously on Saturday June 25th. Twenty-four hours after the devastating floods in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, my wife Darlene and I decided we wanted to cook pancakes for flood victims and friends who had began the recovery work. We set up a small table in the lot next to our flooded business on Main Street. By lunch, Tent Town and Operation Friend to Friend was born.


We started with a 10x10 pop up tent and ended up with a relief station.  Others joined us and over the next 2.5 days we served thousands of meals with donated food, donated propane and an incredible amount of volunteer labor.  From 7 am until dark, Tent Town became a gathering spot for stories, hugs, donations, muddy boots, tears, meals and clean water.


Now it is time for the next step.

Please consider supporting Operation Friend to  Friend to help meet the immediate needs of our local business owners.  If they reopen, they put people back to work and our neighbors can slowly begin to rebuild their lives.  Your donation has the potential to effect lots of people.


Many people have asked who I am. I am Duane Zobrist, a local small business owner. My wife, Darlene and I have lived in this area for 23 years.  Our office on Main St. was flooded and our businesses based on tourism have been effected.  But we see a much bigger need. I currently sit on the Board of the Greenbrier County Chamber of Commerce; I have been very involved in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and I served 9 years as a Mormon Bishop. 
 
 These funds will be received and distributed by The Falconry and Raptor Education Foundation. The Foundation is an IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization who is temporarily changing it focus to help small business owners in need.

Why cash donations are the best way to help victims

We thank you for your help in reaching our $100,000 goal. Most of the houses and businesses were not in the flood zone and therefore lacked flood insurance. Our friend's needs are immediate and we plan to move quickly to ease the pain of loss that comes in any major disaster. Thank You for considering to restore the economy of Greenbrier County.
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Another successful Back to Business Grant. We are helping to rebuild the local economy one small business at a time. Today it was Brushed by Amy in Downtown White Sulphur Springs!
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Another business back up and running thanks to Operation Friend To Friend's Back to Business Grant. B Sweet is a local favorite which suffered the loss of all their food due to a power outage and the loss of several significant catering contracts due to the cancellation of The Greenbrier Classic. Another employer back up and open thanks to your generosity.
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Good evening friends. Clean up in White Sulphur Springs is moving along. Many houses have been cleaned and striped down to the studs. Next step is rebuilding.

The good news is that Operation Friend To Friend has given another Back To Business Grant. We helped April's Pizzeria cover payroll costs during their clean up Thus far, we have put 17 people back to work.

Thanks for your support, please forward this and if you haven't donated, consider helping us meet our $100,000 goal.
Back to Business Grant for April's Pizza
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Today has been a great day for Operation Friend to Friend! First, we heard The Greenbrier will be opening on July 12th. That's great news for their nearly 2,000 employees. Second, and even more importantly, we hit $64,000 today thanks to some great friends who want to help local small businesses back to work. Thanks for your in rebuilding our local economy one business at a time!
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Raised by 62 people in 37 months
Created June 27, 2016
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