Relief for Kids in Pike County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Just three weeks ago, parts of Pike County were devastated by hard rain and swift water.

Many people in Kentucky have reached out to help those who lost everything. On Saturday, volunteers reached out to help the children of the county.

Felicia Dotson lives on Powell Creek, and the night of July 17, she lost almost everything that she owned.

"It was devastating. Once it started, it didn't stop until everything was destroyed and nothing was left," Dotson said.

She is not only trying to start over, she needs to get her two year-old son ready to start pre-school. There are many in Dotson's situation, which is why Pike County officials organized the Flood Relief for Kids Day.

"I think they saw the need and the benefit for it, so I'm glad everyone jumped on board. It truly is a 'we' opportunity, it's a 'we' event," Rep. Leslie Combs, of the 94th District, said.

"You see that people don't have a place to stay. You see children without homes and dislocated. It seems like today we had a little play date," Rep. W. Keith Hall, of the 93rd District, said.

Kids could ride horses and play games. There was also boxes of clothes for boys and girls in many sizes.

The Pike County Health Department even offered health screenings, dental cleanings, eye exams, and back-to-school immunizations for kids.

"It's things like this that really make it a lot easier. It makes us really thankful that Pike County has something like this to offer," Dotson said.

Many at the event say they had a great time, but know this is only a temporary escape from the reality of a long recovery.

Pike County Schools start classes on Wednesday.

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