One Man Organizes Donations to Breathitt Co. Flood Victims

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

After seeing the damage for himself in Breathitt County, a Somerset man decided to give back. With the help of churches and other volunteers, he delivered truck loads of supplies to one of the hardest hit communities.

Benjaman Hubbard was visiting family in the Rousseau community this past weekend when the flood waters started to rise, and he returned to the community ready to help.

Church members unloaded the trucks full of supplies in minutes. Benjaman Hubbard says these donations from Somerset are just the beginning. "It was basically just those friendships and those connections to people who care enough to reach out to a community they don't even know," he says.

The water, clothes, food and cleaning supplies are headed to people like Melissa Hensley in Rousseau. "My house is destroyed, I have nothing. My kids have nothing," says Hensley.

Hensley says the flood waters carried away some of her belongings, and ruined the rest. "It was like a big lake. We watched a garage wash off we watched all their things wash away."

"I have seen things that I wish I would have never seen. I've seen people homes completely gone, kids toys completely gone," says Amber Sewell with the Rousseau Elementary School.

Teachers from the school, which was also damaged by the flood, are helping gather names of people in and around the community that lost everything.

"Right now most people need, they need reassurance that we're there, that we're with them, that we're going to help them through," says Karen Tharp, head teacher at the school.

Hubbard says he is planning another trip to Breathitt County this weekend.

"That will help so many families, they need clothing, they need water, they need furniture," says Tharp.

"It's no where near enough. It's a good start, but a lot more can be done," says Hubbard. He hopes these donations inspire other people to do the same.

Contact info for Full Gospel Deliverance Church in Jackson:


Mailing address:
P.O. Box 856
Jackson, KY 41339

Physical Address:
2944 Quicksand Rd
Jackson, KY 41339

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