RAMP helping poor in Martin County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

The governor honored an organization helping people in eastern Kentucky on Friday.

Governor Beshear says the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project, or RAMP, is making a difference in the lives of Martin County children and families.

Margaret Howell lives in Beauty in Martin County, raising four kids by herself after her husband died last year. She says times were tough and it was hard to pay the bills.

But then, a woman from Connecticut, Amy Guerrieri, stepped up to help. She and her family started RAMP to reach out to families like the Howells.

"They painted and put flooring in my house. brought kids on walks, went grocery shopping," Howell said.

RAMP provides food for kids to bring home from school on weekends. The organization also stocks the food pantry of an Inez church, which feeds 150 people.

"We're really trying to change the lives of moms, families, community to community. Mom to mom, school to school, kid to kid," Guerreri said.

Governor Beshear honored the organization on Friday, saying it is leading the way in lending a helping hand to those overlooked and in need. Guerrieri was grateful for the recognition, but knows there is more work to be done.

"Our hope is to help this one county, and make this an example of showing that as Americans, we can step up," Guerreiri said.

RAMP has donated $250,000 in goods so far, and hopes to bring in a lot more.

Rockin' Water is a vitamin water company owned by the family. Two cents of every bottle sold of Rockin' Water goes directly to RAMP and the people of Appalachia.

If you want to donate or learn more about RAMP, click below:
http://www.rampamerica.org/


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