WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice, along with PGA golfers and their families, is planning relief efforts for West Virginians still recovering from the weekend's storm.
The resort plans to donate food, water and other supplies to those in need "effective immediately," Justice said at a press conference Tuesday during practice rounds at the Greenbrier Classic.
"We'll try to donate manpower and dollars and help in any way that we can. I know a lot of people out there are hurting," he said. "I'm doing everything that I can, and I've given everything I've got to give."
Justice said he has an abundance of water to donate, but is asking governmental agencies to help transport it. Food will be donated from a garden where local food is grown at the resort. Other details concerning the outreach program are unclear at this time.
"We don't have all of the T's crossed and the I's dotted. All I can tell you is we're going to give it all we've got," he said. "There hasn't been a lot of sleep."
The PGA Tour Wives Association was quick to reach out to Justice and asked how they could help, he said.
"Our players and their families have a history of rising up in times of need. They're more than just great players -- they're caring individuals," said PGA Executive Vice President Andy Pazder. "They show that through their actions, not just their words."
Justice responded to criticisms of his focus on the Classic in the midst of citizens who are coping with storm aftermath, and he said that while he had hundreds of volunteers to clean up the golf course, only about 50 were not associated with The Greenbrier.
"If you step back and think about it, this tournament being here today, if you happen to be a local, has had a profound positive impact on your life in being able to get the power and water back to you as quickly as it did," he said. "This event is very important to our state. This didn't take away from helping you -- it has helped you."
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