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Laurel County community helping others recover

So much damage…so much loss. When there’s this much need….so many step up.

“God started working amazingly….to just start bringing things in,” said Rev. Tommy Tapscott of the First Baptist East Bernstadt church, which became one of many drop-off points…of food, clothing, and supplies.

“We have found out that there’s about 20 to 25 people that have lost everything in the tornado,” he said.

Most of what filled up the church gymnasium arrived in a matter of hours.

“This is free. We are giving it all away. It’s from the good people of Laurel County. It’s way bigger than First Baptist Church,” said Tapscott.

So many people in Laurel County lost so much yet many of them say they want to help others, they want to find a way to volunteer themselves.

Sammy Tyra spent his Monday afternoon helping others at the distribution center. And he says many others are joining him.

“It’s tremendous. Even people who had their homes destroyed or partly destroyed are out helping others,” said Tyra.

Telling them that when tragedy strikes, everyone helps each other through it.

“I think the community is closer than the people really thought they were, they didn’t realize until this happened, they were really that close,” he said.

First Baptist collected so many supplies…that they sent some of it out to other communities affected by the storms, such as Morgan and Menifee Counties.


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