More than 1,000 volunteer in East Bernstadt

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Eight days later and several volunteers are still donating their time, money, and necessary items to get tornado victims back on their feet in Eastern Kentucky.

Fire department officials organized a clean-up in East Bernstadt bringing in more than 1,000 volunteers.

From Berea to right next door in Jackson County, people joined as one in East Bernstadt to help those without even one belonging left.

"Seeing somebody that has lost everything that they have and just being able to be a part of helping them get their life back together and get back on track, the reward is unbelievable," said Jim Morgan, the pastor at Green Hill Baptist Church in Jackson County.

An effort skillfully organized by fire departments across the state bringing people together with one common goal: to support tornado victims by cleaning up what is left behind.

In the middle of this rubble, a sign of hope and a reason for those affected and volunteers to push on.

"It says never give up and no one should ever give up. They should keep on going," said a young volunteer.

Something even those unaffected by last Friday's tornados are living by pitching in where they can.

"It could have been me. And why not? I've got the time, and I've got the energy and I'm willing to do. There's no real connection just brothers," said Brad Burkholder, a volunteer from Laurel County.

People they have never met and probably never will but need their hands to help move them on.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the East Bernstadt Fire Department at (606) 843-6511.

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