Eastern Kentuckians build relationships with tornado victims

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Food, water, and cleaning supplies are just some of the short-term needs for those who lost everything in the recent string of tornadoes that hit the south.

But groups from our area want to do more than just bring supplies.

"Some pastor friends here in the area, they contacted us with immediate needs they had after the tornado," said Joe Farmer of Manchester.

It was a call to action for Farmer and Jason Creech.

"About every week we're sending a team down with a trailer full of supplies," said Jason Creech of Middlesboro.

Last weekend they brought a trailer of supplies to tornado victims in Alabama.

Their idea of helping is not just for the here and now.

"What we're hoping to do is take a community down here and adopt them as our own, as a long-term commitment and just love and support them and be there for them," said Farmer.

The cleanup from this storm will last months and years.

"It's being here. It's serving and doing everything we can do," said Creech.

Work that will involve building back what a tornado's fury tore away.

"To develop a relationship with somebody, hurt when they hurt, have joy when they have joy, share in their sorrow, means more to them," said Farmer.

Bringing support from state lines, all on the road to recovery.

If you would like to help victims of the tornadoes, you can find contact information on our web channel.

Our final story from Alabama will air Wednesday on Mountain News.

Our Brandon Robinson will talk with a Birmingham meteorologist who was on the air during the outbreak.

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