Seventeen families lost their homes when the old Hazard High School burned Sunday night and neighbors across the region want to help them.
The Perry County unit of the Red Cross,Community Ministries and the Housing Development Alliance held a meeting at city hall to form a community-wide response.
Around 50 people showed up to make sure the families are taken care of, especially before christmas.
"We had no idea the community would respond the way they did and we figured out that we can keep people in housing for five hundred dollars and in a matter of about five minutes, we had commitments for all the families, it's amazing," said Scott McReynolds, of the HDA.
The Red Cross has temporary relief but many of the people affected will have to find another place to stay after three days. The interim housing and Christmas help was the main focus of the meeting, but officials and neighbors brainstormed for ideas for long term solutions.
The Combs Motel agreed to rent out 10 rooms at a discounted rate. Metro United Way of Southeastern Kentucky also gave a $4,000 donation at the meeting. Many churches volunteered their services and Principal Happy Mobelin of Hazard High School is having his kids gain community service through the help.
Any donations of clothes or other items can be taken to Hazard High School from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 24.
A dinner sponsored by Journey Church of Hazard will take place on Christmas Eve. A dinner with santa will be held at the high school cafeteria from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for the victims.
Organizers said that in the long term they will need money and permanent housing as nearly all of the families were low income.
To make a tax deductible donation, send a check to:
Hazard High Fire Victims
151 Miss Edna Lane
Hazard, KY 41701