Donations for EKY town standing up for equality

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

VICCO, Ky. (WYMT) Ask anyone in the city of Vicco and they’ll tell you the last eight months have been a wild ride.

The Eastern Kentucky town of less than 400 people made national headlines after it passed an anti-discrimination ordinance and was even highlighted by “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central.

“It really makes you feel good inside when you have people stand up and notice and write you a thank you letter for something you just thought was a good thing to do,” Mayor Johnny Cummings said.

People from around the world have sent letters to the city now known for its stance when it comes to equality.

“Every time we open up a letter, it’s someone offering to help,” Cummings added.

Total strangers are donating cash to help a town that was once fading, including funds for a children’s park, which a person that asked not to be named, recently donated.

“All he wants is to name it after his daughters. We showed him the layout, they’re designing it and working on it now,” Cummings said.

Cummings says another person is designing a website and he is looking to move forward with a number of plans to help his city prosper, including a community center.

“We have so many plans and dreams, I really think that someone is smiling down and it’s working,” Cummings added.

Cummings said the city ordered the equipment for the new park Monday. It should arrive within the next few weeks.


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