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Norfolk Chef takes action to help people affected by West Virginia floods

Posted at 5:59 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 17:59:45-04

West Virginia was a devastating sight after 23 lives were lost. Homes swept away in catastrophic floods that swept through a small town in West Virginia in June.

Help for these West Virginia residents came from far away.

West Virginia native and executive chef at Town Point Club in Norfolk, Chef Eddie Lee Bryant tells us, "it’s a small town with a big heart and they're hurting.”

News 3 interviewed Chef Bryantin June when the floods hit West Virginia.

He says, “I knew right then I had to do something.”

Boy did he… the former West Virginian single-handedly organized a fundraiser collecting two truckloads of money, household items, and food.

He then drove the supplies to the flood-ravaged town.

News 3 wanted to honor the chef for his efforts.

We  surprised him at the Town Point Club this week.

The culinary club leader was no where to be found when we first got there, so we sent some of his colleagues to find him.

Then he walked into the kitchen and we were waiting for him! “I know you! You do? How are you ? Do you know why we’re here? I think it has something to do with what’s in your hand.”

"We would like to present you with a People Taking Action award for all the things you do for this community and the folks in West Virginia.  It does not go unnoticed," I said.

We also presented the chef with a $300 gift card from our partner Southern Bank.

"Thank you!" he said.