Jennifer Garner and Save the Children encourage citizens to donate to families affected by the recent West Virginia floods

By Maya Anderman
June 29, 2016 02:10 PM

Jennifer Garner is doing her part to help her home state of West Virginia heal after devastating floods.

Garner, 44, has teamed up with the charitable organization Save the Children to help raise awareness about aiding families who have lost homes, vehicles, and other personal belongings in the floods that left 23 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.

“My heart is breaking for beautiful West Virginia,” said Garner in a statement.

The actress, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, is urging people to get involved and donate to families dealing with severe damages as a result of the floods.

“The people of my home state are the most resilient you will find, but the damage caused by the storm and deadly floods has been catastrophic for these families and communities,” she said.

According to Save the Children West Virginia Director Anna Hardway, the floods have left children walking barefoot through contaminated water and “traveling in vehicles without car seats, because their own cars were washed away,” she said.

Garner is a trustee and longtime supporter of Save the Children, which serves families in five West Virginia counties through health, early education and after-school programs. The organization has partnered with local schools to help nearly 2,000 children in the state.

“I am relieved to know that Save the Children will continue to be on the ground in West Virginia throughout the cleanup and recovery, to make sure basic needs are met,” concluded Garner.

A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties on June 24 after devastating flash floods. At the time, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the flooding was “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state.”

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