The Christmas spirit is alive in Perry County.
That was certainly evident Wednesday at Hazard High School as people came by all day long to donate clothes and other items to more than a dozen families who lost everything Sunday night after an apartment building fire.
What was it? The fact so many lost so much just days before Christmas or maybe seeing this old school building that held so many memories being gutted by fire.
Whatever it was, it led people to give… and give... and give.
In just one day, donations surpassed expectations.
“When I came I didn't expect there to be so much stuff and it's really overwhelming to see it all but I'm really glad that it's all here and there's so many people in this community that helped,” Maggie Davidson said.
“It's a lot of stuff and it makes me feel good that everybody is coming out and not just a few people here and there,” Katherine Maggard said.
Current and former Hazard High School students volunteered their time during Christmas break to help sort through all the donated items.
“I think that's what Christmas is really about is getting involved and helping those in need,” Jessica Holcomb said.
“It’s not only people from Hazard, it's people from other counties that are coming in to help everybody and that sense of community makes living here such a good thing,” Josi Stidham said.
The families affected by the fire might not be the only ones to benefit from this outpouring of support.
“I think after Christmas we'll have enough stuff here that we can open this up to everyone in Perry County that needs things,” Hazard High School Happy Mobelini said.
As one person said, It's like the new Hazard High School helping the old.
You can still bring donations to Hazard High School from 9am-6pm tomorrow and Friday.
Mobelini says what they need more than anything now is help folding clothes and sorting through all the donations.