Berks church sends supplies to victims of deadly floods in Kentucky

Aug. 31—A Berks County church is doing what it can to help Kentucky communities devastated by deadly flooding.

St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Spring Township spent the last two weeks collecting cleaning and camping supplies for those impacted by historic flood waters that swept through eastern Kentucky. And on Tuesday a group of volunteers filled a 26-foot-long box truck with those supplies and sent it on its way.

The donations will be distributed through the Christian Appalachian Project.

Sheryl Lanciano, director of parish life, said the church was happy to lend a hand.

"Everyone stepped up to help," she said. "Our parishioners are terrific that way. They always step up and they always come through."

Lanciano said Kentucky is a place that is near and dear to members of St. Ignatius. The mission team has made many trips throughout the years to Mount Vernon to assist community members with a variety of tasks around their homes. While that city was not impacted by the flooding, the church reached out to Christian Appalachian Project to see how they could help.

"Through them and our contacts in Mount Vernon, we learned what kind of supplies are needed and how to get them to the people who are most in need right now," she said.