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Kentucky volunteers deliver more donations to Alabama tornado victims

It's been six weeks since deadly tornadoes rolled across Alabama, killing 241 people and leaving dozens of communities in ruins.

People from central kentucky are still reaching out to help tornado victims recover from the devastation.

Six volunteers from Paris are now in northern Alabama helping out.

They decided to make the trip after contacting a woman from Huntsville, who was working to gather much needed supplies for her neighbors.

The arrival of the volunteers from Paris is serving as encouragement to storm victims, who say it shows people around the country still care about their plight.

The volunteers hauled a U-Haul, filled to capacity with food, clothing, and other much needed supplies.

"It just reminds you that there are really quality people throughout the country, throughout the world," Katherine Malmay-Bazemore said. "We just don't know them all, personally. If we can work together and share the needs, I think people will always step up."

Bazemore met the group from Paris after she sent Facebook messages all across the country, asking for help for her community.

Taylor Buchanan, who's with the group, was among those who answered the call.

"I want to go and help those people out, because I would hope that if we ever had something serious happen in Kentucky, we would want other people to help us out," Buchanan said.

Buchanan says she will spend the next few days doing whatever is needed to offer those in Alabama some comfort in their time of need.

It's estimated more than 7,000 structures in all were flattened by the storms in April.

More than 319,000 acres of public forests were destroyed as well.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood toured hard-hit parts of Alabama this week. He says the state will receive $1.5 million for emergency road repairs.


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