Donations given out to storm victims

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

When word spread of the devastation left behind after Friday's storms, George Salyers decided to take action.

"We started a cleaning supply drive for these people that really needed it," said Salyers.

He had no idea how quickly word would spread.

"Started at eight o'clock Saturday, and I sent out a Facebook message, social media, and I mean it just exploded," said Salyers.

They started receiving so many donations that they had to open up the gym at Highland Elementary School just to hold them all. By Monday, the gym was filling up fast. Clothes and shoes, food and water, cleaning supplies, and so much more stretched from wall to wall.

"People came out, and they reached out to me, and they reached out to our school, and our families, and our community. It was just unbelievable," said Salyers.

They opened the doors to those in need Tuesday. Dozens of volunteers showed up to lend a hand.

"The community has just been outstanding, coming together to help these people," said Johnson County Superintendent Steve Trimble.

"We're blessed to be a part of it and humbled by the opportunity," said Salyers.

The volunteers say the response they have gotten from the community is absolutely overwhelming and makes them proud to be a part of this area.

Highland Elementary will be open to anyone in need again Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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