1819, others join tornado relief efforts
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Following the devastating tornado that impacted several Midwestern states — with Kentucky being hit hardest of all — the staff of 1819 General Store in Elizabeth reached out to their fellow store owners in impacted Kentucky towns. They learned the communities the stores serve had been badly damaged.
“As many of you know, when the 1819 crew travels, we visit these folks,” the store shared on its Facebook page. “So, helping them is something we feel like we need to do.”
Following the storm that occurred Friday night into early Saturday, Elizabeth residents had been telling store staff about the photos and other mementos they have found in their yards, blown hundreds of miles by the tornado’s twisting winds. 1819 General Store decided to ask the community to help and posted a list of items the victims will need.
The community responded, in spades.
Monday morning, store employees were going out to pick up monetary donations.
By yesterday morning, a total of $3,420 in cash had been donated, including an anonymous donation of eight $25 gift cards left at the store.
Residents dropped by all day, delivering things such as cleaning supplies, jugs of water, non-perishable food items, baby formula, diapers and more.
“Our little town is amazing!” said Samantha Sember, a store employee. “We have a trailer full of supplies and more are being dropped off.”
She said employees of the local branch of First Savings Bank “went and cleared out the shelves of our Dollar General with leftover money they had from their fundraiser to support 15 Gingerbread Kid trees and brought it all to 1819 for us to load up to take.”
By Monday afternoon, the 1819 crew had a plan in place, having reached a network store owner at Cox’s General Store in Summersville, Ky. Kathy Hensley, owner of 1819, contacted owners of The Wigwam General Store in Horse Cave, Ky.
Sember spoke with relief coordinators in Summersville before she and her sister hit the road yesterday afternoon.
“Their community center will be waiting for us to unload, and they’re taking the supplies directly to the hard hit zones,” said Sember. “Kathy is taking several trailer fulls to our friends at The Wigwam.”
Sember said the two areas the local donations are going to are very rural.
“Everyone is going to the Mayfield area, but there’s a lot of displaced people in the extremely rural areas,” she said. “That’s who we’re getting help to.”
The 1819 General Store staff expect to continue receiving donations. They say the folks in Elizabeth are caring and can be counted on to step up when there’s a need.
“Finding the personal items really hit home, I think,” Sember said, referring to the photographs, papers and other memorabilia scattered by the tornado.
“This community is always ready,” she said, noting the tiny town outperforms many larger areas when it comes to the WHAS 11 Crusade for Children collections. “This is a little Christmas miracle town right now.”
Car auction to
When Adam Sines of Milltown saw news coverage of the devastating tornadoes that swept across the Midwest over the weekend, he felt he had to do something to help.
“God has blessed me way more than I feel that I ever deserved, and I feel I’m greedy by not doing what I can to help,” he said.
Sines is a car enthusiast and member of the Mixed Nuts Car Club, an organization that has cars shows throughout the year and raises money to benefit area causes. Sines decided to put one of his own cars up for sale to raise funds to help tornado victims.
The car is a 1928 Model A known as a “rat rod.” Sines said a rat rod has been customized and typically doesn’t have paint.
“It’s supposed to look like you pulled it out of a field,” he said.
Sines purchased the car for his personal collection last fall in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The minimum bid was set at $32,500, which was the sale price when he purchased it. Within a matter of hours, that number had been meet.
“It feels much better to give than receive,” said Sines, noting it’s not always about giving money. “Giving is not only money, but it’s time and ideas as well.”
Sines plans to continue accepting bids until there are no new bids for seven days.
As of Monday, the bid was $35,000.
“This money is going to go directly to help the victims in need from the deadly tornadoes,” said Sines, adding that the person with the winning bid will write a check directly to one of the many accounts being set up to assist survivors.
For information, find Adams Sines on Facebook.
Harrison Countians who find photos and other items that may have blown here from Kentucky can post them (with a description) on the Facebook page Quad State Tornado Found Items in efforts to get them returned to their owners.
Items needed to aid victims
Several local groups are accepting donations to aid those in Kentucky who were impacted by the weekend’s tornado.
Donation sites include:
•Harrison Township Fire Dept. (120 Hilltop Drive, Corydon) until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday); the department is working in conjunction with the Floyd County Emergency Management Agency and Greenville and Lafayette Township fire districts. Items can also be dropped off until 8 p.m. tomorrow at Greenville Township FPD Station 2 (7020 U.S. 150, Galena) and Lafayette Township FPD Station 1 (4002 Scottsville Road, Floyds Knobs).
• Crawford County Middle School (1130 State Road 66, Marengo), in partnership between Crawford County School Resource Officers, Crawford County students, Patoka Lake Marina & Winery and Menke Trucking, between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Those unable to make donation times at the school can drop off items at Patoka Lake Marina & Winery.
•Milltown Volunteer Fire Dept. (507 Indiana Ave.).
•Sines Construction and Concrete (622 W. Main St., Milltown).
•Austin’s Clean Cars in Georgetown.
Needed supplies include Gatorade, non-perishable items, can goods with pull-open tops, baby wipes and other related items, trash bags, flashlights and batteries, gloves (work, rubber and medical), blankets, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates), pet supplies (food, litter, etc.), first-aid supplies (Band-Aids, medical tape, bandages, antibiotic ointments, etc.), cleaning supplies (soap, dish soap, bleach, disinfecting spray, cleaning wipes), duct tape, tarps, candles, matches, lighters, over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, etc.), shovels, rakes, cell phone chargers, gas cards, feminine products, clothing, winter-weather gear (gloves, hats, coats, etc.) and new toys for Christmas (tag for boy or girl and note approximate age).
Drinking water is not needed, as Emergency Management Agencies are filling this need.