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Concert Raises Money for West Virginians Without Water - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Concert Raises Money for West Virginians Without Water

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Benefit Concert Benefit Concert
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

A relief effort that began with a small non-profit has sparked community support with a fundraising concert Saturday night.

The concert benefits thousands of West Virginians still without clean drinking water.

Catalyst Productions has been working with Sanger Carpentry for over two weeks to put together a meaningful relief effort.

The concert featured several community members who share that same goal.

Besides several area musicians, the non-profit Appalachian Voices and corporate sponsors like Whole Foods and Kroger have joined the effort.

It's called Operation Freeflow, and they have already sent several tractor-trailers full of water into areas of West Virginia that have not yet seen relief.

Filmmaker Johnny Saint Ours says the event is reminding people that the problem still remains for thousands.

“We all need clean water, and these folks over there, they're just like the folks right here,” he says. “The purpose of this event is to keep the water flowing over there.”

Ours spent several days in West Virginia seeing the damage this crisis has caused.

His documentary was also screened at the event.

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