West Virginia University is providing several ways for those who wish to express condolences to the surviving families and friends of the miners lost on April 5, 2010 in the Upper Big Branch mining accident in Raleigh County.

“As Mountaineers united and proud of our state and our people, we offer our heartfelt sympathy to the communities affected by the loss of so many valuable and contributing lives by sending wishes for healing and comfort,” said Kimberly Colebank, director of WVU’s Center for Civic Engagement.

The gathered condolences will be delivered to the families later this month.

To send wishes to those touched by this tragedy:

Condolence Messages: WVU is sponsoring a blog where visitors can leave messages of sympathy and support for the miners’ families at http://shareyourthoughts.blogs.wvu.edu.

Condolence Banner: The WVU Student Government Association and Young West Virginians for Coal will be sponsoring booths Wednesday, April 7 through Thursday, April 15, where people can stop by to sign a large banner, “From Your Mountaineer Friends with our Deepest Condolences,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

April 7-9 – Mountainlair
April 12-13 – Allen Hall Lobby (4th floor)
April 14-15 – Health Sciences Pylon lobby

Condolence Cards: There will also be cards and writing utensils at the banner booths for people to hand write personalized notes that will be delivered to the families.

“This is a sad time for our state and nation. The Young West Virginians for Coal join all WVU students, faculty and staff in praying and supporting those trying to cope with this horrible situation,” commented Charles Russell, the group’s president.

“All Mountaineers stand together today with our neighbors in need,” echoed Chris Lewallen, WVU student body president.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this horrible incident.”

The WVU Center for Civic Engagement is coordinating the University’s response to the Upper Big Branch mine accident. Please send details of any efforts to assist the miners’ families or forward any questions about ongoing efforts to Brett White at brett.white@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8761.



CONTACT: Brett White, WVU Center for Civic Engagement
304-293-8761, brett.white@mail.wvu.edu

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