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Mayfield High School gym turns into a makeshift market for families in need

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MAYFIELD, Ky. (FOX 56/ WKYT) – Since tornadoes devastated much of western Kentucky, help and volunteers have wasted no time working and helping where they can.

The Mayfield High School gym has been turned into a makeshift supermarket, providing families with many of the needs they have right now.

They have some outside help to stay organized. Groups like the Salvation Army are there cooking and delivering meals and helping families when they arrive. But for the most part, it’s all counties.

“Since Saturday, we have had non-stop donations. We received donations from Tennessee. I talked to people from Maryland, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Louisiana during the week and they all came here,” said Stephen Hatchell, assistant principal at Mayfield High School.

From being a shelter right after the storm, to quickly becoming a stopover for many families in need in the district, this school is teaching everyone a lesson in the community.

“Everybody is so willing to help and willing to give up their time and give up what they have or what they can get. It was amazing,” Hatchell said.

It is emotional at times, as students and their families search for basic needs after losing everything.

“We cried with them. We hugged them. We tell them how much we love them. The great thing about our school system is that a kid walks in and a lot of the teachers know their name, they know their family name,” Hatchell said.

Unaffected students will jump in to help. These cheerleaders were supposed to come to this stadium tonight to cheer, but right now the biggest opponent is destruction.

“The Mayfields are strong, they are resilient. They are tough guys. And everyone is very willing to help,” Hatchell said.

They are working together to ensure their community creates the ultimate recovery.

https://foxlexington.com/news/kentucky/mayfield-high-school-gymnasium-turns-into-makeshift-market-for-families-in-need/ Mayfield High School gym turns into a makeshift market for families in need

Britta Zeltmann

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