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East Kentucky communities band together to donate goods in response to tornado disaster

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GREENUP COUNTY, KY (WOWK) – Following the devastating destruction and loss of life following the tornado disaster over the weekend, the local communities in our area are coming together to do what they can.

“It started with a text message to just a few of the fellow directors I worked with… We started with the toy and went straight from the toy to whenever I asked the director, they would. Jump on board and they will provide water. And it just rolled out and now we’re in 21 school districts,” said Traysea Moresea, superintendent of Greenup County Schools.

The effort calls for people in the area to help with ‘bus stuff’ by donating goods such as toys, water, blankets and non-perishable items to help those affected by the virus. tornado disaster.

“Each bus ride will have a different item on it, so one could be water, one could be all pillows and blankets, items that can be used beyond immediate response. . Items that they can use for months now,” Moresea said.

The mayor of Greenup, Kentucky, Lundie Meadows, said they would take anything to help raise money for those in need.

Meadows said the response and outpouring from his city has been overwhelming.

“You see those people – they have lost everything. We take everything for granted. So hopefully our little gesture will touch their hearts,” said Meadows.

Community reactions have piled up. For example, stacks of toys were donated just hours after they began collecting them at Greenup County High School to help give kids in tornado areas a little Christmas cheer.

“I was expecting this, but not as much as we did. I know how great our community is and how great we can be when we come together. But seeing everything delivered in literally a few hours is really impressive,” said Brooklyn Greene, a 12th grader at Greenup County High School who is helping with gift wrapping. .

Across town at Russell High School, the collection is also growing.

“Russell Independent was tasked with collecting water for our partners in the western part of the state. So we’re happy to be able to do that. And we got off to a pretty good start this morning,” said Anna Chaffin, principal of Russell High School.

“All you have to do is look at the town and see it devastated. There’s nothing else. And they need all the help they can get,” said Carolyn Buckholz, who donated the water.

“I hope that it will help them take positive steps to rebuild and get back to normal. And anyway, anything we can do to help warm my heart,” said Raegan Williams, a senior at Russell High, who has also donated water.

School officials said the effort will hopefully not only help those in need in western Kentucky, but also show local students how they can have an impact.

“It’s about serving the community. And we want them to be able to be good partners in the community and so this is one way that we can demonstrate, ‘hey we’re together, and tomorrow it could be we need to. ‘, said Chaffin.

“It was a lesson for these guys. Because they already know what to give to others, they love to give to children but they must understand that even the smallest thing can go a very long way and our power exists at any level. age,” Moresea said.

Gifted items will be removed by December 15.

Here is a list of participating county schools and what they are accepting:

Ashland Independent: Socks, Personal hygiene

Boyd County Schools: Water

Carter County Schools: Jackets, Hats, Gloves

Elliot County Schools: Non-perishable Food, Water

Fairview Independent: Food in the cupboard, Toiletries

Floyd County Schools: Blankets

Greenup County Schools: Toys

Johnson County Schools: Water

Jenkins Independent: Water

Knott County School: Pillow, Flashlight

Lawrence County Schools: Cleaning Tools

Lewis County Schools: Jackets, Hats, Toys

Martin County Schools: Stable Food, Toiletries

Morgan County Schools: Socks, Personal Hygiene

Magoffin County Schools: Cleaning Tools

Paintville Independent: Blankets

Pike County School: Toys

Pikeville Independent: Toys

Raceland Independent: Water

Rowan County Schools: Pillows, Flashlights, Cleaning Supplies

Russell Independent: Water

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Britta Zeltmann

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