Donation drive set up for Lone Oak fire victims
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- In less than 24 hours 6 families lost nearly everything they had, and have seen how a community can come together to help.
Fire destroyed 3 duplexes off Lovelaceville road Wednesday. Four units are a complete loss and two have smoke and water damage. Three out of six families have renters insurance. Two families have small children.
The pictures of the damage was enough to get a lot of people's attention, but Amanda Stinger decided Wednesday night she wanted to do something to help. She looked for things at her home to donate.
"And I thought more than just me, what can we do as an office to help spread the word and inform the community that we can all do something to help," she said. Stringer is a dental hygienist at Woodyard Dental Care on Olivet Road. Together she and her co-workers decided it would be a perfect location for people to drop off donations.
"We're located really close to the mall so it's a convenient location," she said.
The Red Cross is also helping the families. Chapter Director Jessica Toren said they've already been able to help the families figure out where to stay, get them some food and clothing, and offer them some financial assistance. The Red Cross also works closely with the other non-profit organizations in the area to get families other things like furniture, pet food, and other necessities.
"We're the initial response. We're there at minute 15 of the disaster and we help the families get through the first 3 days, those immediate disaster needs. other folks in the community have stepped up to help them get other supplies they may not even really know they need yet," said Toren.
Donations can be dropped off at the dental office during regular business hours.
Families have provided specific needs and sizes for clothing. Some of the things that top the list are:
Men's Clothing: Small and medium shirts
Women's Clothing: Small, medium, and large shirts
Little Girl Clothing: 3T tops, 2T bottoms, and clothes 18-24 months.
Families will also need blankets, sheets, towels, kitchen supplies, small furniture, ect.
If you have any questions about donations or donation times you can contact Highland Cumberland Church at (270) 554-3572.