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Junior Red Cross makes a difference in Breathitt Co.

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A young group of volunteers in Breathitt County is playing a major role in flood relief.

WYMT's Marie Luby followed some of the Junior Red Cross volunteers as they delivered food and water to their own neighbors.

James Baker's car is still stuck where the water left it, but his lack of transportation isn't the reason he's only now returning to his trailer.

Baker says, "I just can't bear to go in it."

Baker is one of hundreds the Breathitt County Junior Red Cross is helping feed.

Volunteer Travis Combs says, "Only way to make change is to start it."

20-year-old Combs and 18-year-old Isaac Hollon both joined when they were 16. The group started in 2005 in response to Hurricane Katrina. Back then there were eight members. Today, there's 76. All are teens and young adults from Breathitt County.

Hollon says, "When it hits your own back yard it makes you step back and think about what's really important."

They helped assess the damage to hundreds of homes.

Combs says, "These people have to start over, they have nothing."

Now they're responding to almost one thousand local families asking for help.

Hollon says, "You know if they just need someone to cry on their shoulder, then that's what we're here for."

Baker says, "Makes people feel better, knowing there's people out there trying to help them."

Combs and Hollon say it's the least they can do to give back.

"It's really a job that I really feel deserves no thanks, because I just really want to help," Combs says.

The stories they hear from victims like Baker give them all the reason they need to keep going.

Red Cross workers tell us they need people to volunteer their time as much as their money.

To find out how you can help the Junior Red Cross or the Mid-East Kentucky Chapter:

Call 606-743-2296 or contact:

P.O. BOX 69450


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