Debbie Joyner was one of nearly 50 State Farm volunteers who participated in the Red Cross Clean-Up Day on March 24 in West Liberty. Employees of State Farm and other companies and organizations spent the day helping people recover from the tornadoes that hit the area March 2.
One volunteer, Christine Powell, found quilts and photos in the debris of a destroyed home of an elderly Morgan County woman.
"Christine took the quilts to be cleaned and has dried out the photos," Joyner said. "She can't wait to get those items back to her."
School club raises money
Lafayette High School's Global Aid Club was formed last year to raise money for Haiti with an arts and talent night.
This year, the group focused on helping tornado victims. The group raised money with a talent night and a community track walk.
Cardinal House collects
Cardinal House members participated in a donation drive for the March 2 tornado victims in West Liberty. A therapeutic rehabilitation program in Richmond, Cardinal House was run for many years by West Liberty native Jeff Bliffen, who retired in 2010. The outpouring of support was a surprise for Bliffen, who has been active in the West Liberty clean-up effort. Cardinal House collected more than 20 boxes of clothing, food, toys and household items for the tornado victims.
Games, recreation equipment
Through Tuesday, donations are being accepted of new or used board games, playing cards, toys and sports equipment at Madison County locations: Eastern Kentucky University, Keith Building, Room 15; Madison County Cooperative Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane; The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, 150 East Main Street; The Regal Beagle, 246 West Main Street; and Richmond Parks and Recreation, 321 North Second Street. For information, contact Jon MacChesney, (859) 622-1835 or Jon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books for middle schools
The Wild Fig Books and Lexington poet Rebecca Gayle Howell are collecting gently used books for middle schools in and near West Liberty. Kentucky writers can donate signed copies of their own books. Drop off books at The Wild Fig, 1439 Leestown Road, by May 4. For information, call (859) 381-8133.
Salvation Army delivers
The Salvation Army in Lexington had a donation drive at Fayette Mall in early March. Some donations were delivered to Morgan and Pendleton counties on March 10. Items included cleaning supplies, paper towels, work gloves and tarps.