Dozens in Laurel County are without homes after the EF-2 tornado there. Some business owners in the community want to help families when they find a new place to live.
“We knew it could have been any of us, our homes, our businesses, lives, our children, our livelihood and that's what these people have lost,” said Mechelle Richmond of Wildcat Harley Davidson in London.
Richmond said as soon as she heard people needed help, she and Larry Parrott of Parrott’s Motor Sports wanted to do whatever they could to come up with a plan.
“We went on down into some other areas and we started finding a big need,” said Parrott.
Both said they decided they wanted to be one step ahead
“Once they get a place to live they are going to need things to fill it up,” said Richmond.
The result was the “Laurel County Tornado Relief" Facebook page. Nearly 1,300 people have already joined.
“Facebook is an amazing tool, I don't know how we would have done it without Facebook,” said Parrott.
“It joins people together and it keeps growing and it gets that information out there immediately.”
Parrott said one of the biggest needs was furniture, so they have been accepting donations and will hold on to them until those who need it can use it.
Both said they hope to fill at least two airport hangars at the London-Corbin Airport where the stuff will be secure. They said they also had three additional storage units. Those who donated said that they want to help rebuild the lives of those who watched everything in their world disappear.
“We get up and go to work and these people are getting up to nothing to live in,” said Mark Parrigan.
“They have nothing, maybe this will help them to get back on their feet.”
Richmond said she believed they were the ones who were on the receiving end of the deal.
“It touches your heart, it's heart wrenching to see people that have lost so much, people that have lost their loved ones, people that are still suffering from injuries, and it will take them a long time to pick up the pieces and have a home that they can take their children to,” said Richmond.
Donations can be dropped off at Wildcat Harley Davidson on Highway 80, Parrott's Motor Sports on 25-E South or at Larkey Heating and Air on Mill Street in London. Anyone who wants to help or donate can also join the Laurel County Tornado relief Facebook page.
Anyone interested can also call Larry Parrott at 606-877-1239, Mechelle Richmond at 606-231-9990 or Dwight Larkey at 606-682-4614 to schedule a donation pick up.