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Local grocery store donates portion of proceeds to storm victims

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

The Whole Foods in Lexington is helping storm victims throughout Eastern Kentucky.

"Today we are donating five percent of our total sales to the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund as a way to help our neighboring communities," explains Whole Foods marketing manager Kelly Anne Beile. "I think everyone has been affected by the devastating regardless if it hit your home personally or not. We've had a lot of employees and even customers share their stories with us and it just moved all of us here. We wanted to do something to help out and give back."

The proceeds will go to help those in West Liberty, one of the hardest communities hit in Eastern Kentucky. "Seeing the devastation in West Liberty and Morgan County is something that has affected the families of the families that are here within our store. We might be almost a hundred miles a way, but it impacted us just the same."

The Blue Grass Community Foundation organized the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. They will also be partnering up with another organization this Saturday to help raise money as well.

The 'Raise of Hope Fundraiser' is throwing a "Party for A Purpose" event at the Headley-Whitney Museum. All donations will go to tornado victims in West Liberty. The event organizer, Shannon Ferguson, is originally from West Liberty. He says he wants to help the city he grew up in get back on its feet and be stronger than ever.

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