Donations being accepted in Paducah for people in Hurricane Florence’s path

PADUCAH — Healing Projects in Paducah is accepting donations for people who will be affected by Hurricane Florence.

We’ve seen what natural disasters can do. Last year, Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico destroyed everything in their paths.

Heartland Church Pastor Jeremiah Ross says his student youth center class has already thought ahead to help people in Florence’s path.

“These are kids that they believe they have a mission, that they have a purpose, and they want to make a change in this world,” Ross said.

Ross says his junior class wanted to be proactive.

“We are collecting Zip-Loc bags that have nonperishable items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo,” Ross said. “We’re also asking for a few snacks — not chocolate, but different types of granola, trail mix, stuff like that.”

If you would like to make a donation, just visit the youth center, where a trailer will be set up to accept donations to take to the Carolinas.

American Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist Ari Denson already deployed two people to help out in West Virginia.

Denson says volunteering your time and effort is the best way to help, and now would be the best time.

He says one of the most important requirements is an enthusiasm to help people.

“Whether you’re looking to deploy, are you willing to leave two weeks from your home?” Denson said. “That’s a big commitment to make to leave your family and friends, to go somewhere where people are in need.”

People in the Carolinas are having to leave everything behind. Helping people before a natural disaster hits can make a difference.

“So, to just get something that says ‘Hey, we’re thinking about you. We love you. We’re praying for you,'” Ross said.

If you would like to donate items for the people in the path of Hurricane Florence: supplies can be dropped off at the Heartland Youth Center at 4777 Alben Barkley Drive, Healing Projects at 1200 Jefferson Street, and Concord United Methodist Church at 5178 Hinkleville Road.

This is some of the items they’re in need of:

 

If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross, visit the Red Cross website, and select your region.

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