Local fire department gathers donations to help victims of Kentucky tragedy

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LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The devastation is massive, and so is the recovery effort facing thousands of people after deadly tornados in Kentucky.

President Biden will travel there Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the damage.

Meanwhile, a Snyder County Fire Department is doing whatever it can to help the victims in Kentucky and they’re asking the community to give whatever they can.

“When this went out, you know about this diaster you know? Mark reached out and said, ‘hey what do you guys think?’ And it’s like, let’s just go,” said captain Brett Boyer, Lower Augusta Fire Department.

Last week’s tornado in Kentucky killed at least 80 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes. Lower Augusta Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief Mark Minnier came up with a plan to help the victims out.

“We just started reaching out to different folks and they’re helping us out by getting us donations, all kinds of stuff for us,” said Chief Minnier.

Local businesses donated several trailers at multiple locations and they’re aiming to fill each one with a variety of donations.

“They stressed toys, supplies, pet food, feminine products, diapers, baby clothes, cleaning supplies, anything anybody can throw to us,” said Chief Minnier.

The firefighters will drive the trailers 13 hours to Kentucky to hand-deliver the supplies. They may not be home in time for Christmas but say it’s all about helping those who need it most.

“We’ll be able to actually be out there, hands-on, meet the people, have a conversation with them, feel their needs and show them they’re not alone. And there’s people out there that care about them and we’re here to help in whatever way we can,” said Captain Boyer.

The firefighters have trailers at several locations where donations can be dropped off. The Country Turf and Trail, the parking lot at the KIA, and Coles Hardware, all located in Sunbury.

Donations can also be dropped off at Lower Augusta’s Fire Department, all day until they’re ready to load the donations the night before they head to Kentucky on Monday, December 20.

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