Fayette County

Lexington homeless to collect donations for tornado victims

Homeless men from the Catholic Action Center in Lexington will be collecting items for the victims of a deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo., over Memorial Day weekend.

From 9 a.m. Friday through 9 p.m. Monday, donors can drop off items in the parking lot of the Hamburg Wal-mart at 2350 Grey Lag Way.

A semi-truck will be parked in the lot with a sign that says "Joplin Tornado Relief: Homeless Sharing Hope." Items can be dropped off 24 hours a day to volunteers at the truck, said Ginny Ramsey, founder of Catholic Action Center.

Items requested include flashlights, batteries, toilet paper and undergarments. Full lists of items needed can be picked up on-site.

Ramsey said volunteers hope to pack the truck full before the homeless volunteers drive it to Joplin next week and distribute the items. The effort is in conjunction with Christian Appalachian Project.