MOUNTMELLICK FLOOD

Mountmellick woman in USA for 53 years donates $4,000 to flood victims

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Mountmellick woman in USA for 53 years donates $4,000 to flood victims

Chris Lynch left Mountmellick for the bright lights of the USA 53 years ago. 

In February 1964, Chris emigrated from her hometown of Mountmellick. Her adventure took her to McClean, Virginia where she met and married Fred Navarre.

The couple are still happily married, now a proud grandmother she has never lost the love for her hometown of Mountmellick. 

Chris was saddened and shocked by the footage of the flooding that hit Mountmellick on November 22. 

She decided to make a donation of $4,000 (approx. €3,400) to the Mountmellick Flood Community Support relief fund. 

While Chris wished for the donation to remain anonymous, the Mountmellick Flood Community Support committee thought that it was important that her name was shared as it is even more special that she still felt such a strong connection to the town after all these years. 

Messages of thanks have flooded in to Chris from people in Mountmellick.

"Thank you so much Chris for your very generous donation to your Home Town of Mountmellick. You have such a big heart. God bless you and your family. You have helped out so many families etc. My family was badly affected as was my home with my husband and daughter. Your a true hero for Mountmellick. A thousand thanks from Mountmellick Community. Xxx " wrote Fionnuala Dunne.

"Well done Chris Navarre . A fantastic gesture. Chris was one of the 1st to also sponsor GROW in our Let Your Life Speak book launch to raise money to help Laois people. Wonderful lady," wrote Darren Conroy.

Over two weeks after the flooding in Mountmellick, many homes remain damaged as families wait on Humanitarian Aid and insurance. 

Mountmellick flood: Family still homeless in emergency hotel and clean up yet to start in homes.

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