>Friend of Coal,
As everyone across West Virginia and the United States now know, 29 brave miners were lost during a tragic explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in the Big Coal River community of Montcoal, West Virginia. The Friends of Coal is proud to support the efforts of the Upper Big Branch Family Fund (www.upperbigbranchfamilyfund.com). The Fund was created by WVU Head Basketball Coach Bob Huggins and a group of young West Virginians. Every dime collected through the Fund will go directly to the lost miners’ families. Scholarships will be set up for their surviving children and families will be offered assistance to meet the financial burdens that often come with losing a loved one.
The miners lost are a part of our coal mining family. We are saddened by our loss; it is a loss that won’t soon be forgotten around Montcoal or in West Virginia. Coal mining is a proud West Virginia tradition – and one that provides millions with the energy needed to turn the lights on or drive a car.
As a Friend of Coal, we hope you’ll join Coach Bob Huggins in supporting the Upper Big Branch Family Fund. A donation of $10, $25, $50, $100, or even more will make a difference. Donations can be made securely online at www.upperbigbranchfamilyfund.com.
Again, every penny raised – every single penny – will be divided among the 29 families – to help with immediate financial burdens or to plan for higher education.
Coach Huggins has often said the greatest resource in West Virginia isn’t coal but our people. People who work hard and do right by their families. People like West Virginia’s coal miners.
This is a good cause and we hope you’ll give whatever you can. Donate easily online now or you may send a check to “Upper Big Branch Family Fund, PO Box 4444, Morgantown, WV 26505“. It takes just a moment and your kindness will make an incredible difference.
It’s times such as these that our obligation to be our brother’s keeper or our sister’s keeper – to be a good neighbor – is the most profound. Join with Coach Bob Huggins, the Young West Virginians for Coal, and the Friends of Coal in supporting the Upper Big Branch Family Fund today.