Spartanburg County sheriff asks residents to help Kentucky tornado victims

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Update: From Lt. Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, Thursday, Dec. 16:

"Sincere thanks to the citizens of Spartanburg County, since the response to the request has been tremendous. As a result, the donation time on Saturday has been extended from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright is asking residents for help – not to solve a crime – but to help survivors of last week's deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.

"There are families that don't have anything," Wright said on Wednesday in announcing a tornado relief effort. "They're not concerned how they're going to get through Christmas, they're concerned how they're going to get through today. And it's cold."

Wright said his staff has been in touch with church and local officials on the ground in the areas hardest hit by tornadoes late Friday and early Saturday.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright on Wednesday announced a tornado relief effort to help victims of last week's deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright on Wednesday announced a tornado relief effort to help victims of last week's deadly tornadoes in Kentucky.

The rare December storm system produced a path of destruction from Arkansas to Illinois, killing at least 88 people and causing billions of dollars in damage. Kentucky was the hardest hit, with 100 people still unaccounted for as officials and rescue workers searched through rubble this week.

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From water to nonperishable food items, Wright asked people to bring items to the left side of the Sheriff's Office at 8045 Howard St, where chaplain volunteers will assist from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Items will be loaded onto trailers donated by JMT Express and Plumley Trucking, Wright said.

He said volunteers will deliver the goods to western Kentucky towns hardest hit as soon as the trailers are filled. If necessary, multiple trips will be made, he said.

Drone footage shows the damage in Graves County done by a tornado that ripped through Kentucky.
Drone footage shows the damage in Graves County done by a tornado that ripped through Kentucky.

Wright said employees in his department asked for the relief effort, realizing that a tornado could strike anywhere – including Spartanburg County.

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"Christ tells us to love one another," he said. "I'm asking the people of Spartanburg County to help us as they always have. Please bring something to these families who have nothing. They're children of God and we're going to help them."

Items to donate

Wright said the following items have been requested by Kentuckians:

► Water (gallon jugs for bathing, bottles of drinking water); food (nonperishable canned foods, granola energy bars, crackers, plastic spoons); Items for babies and small children (diapers, baby formula, juice boxes, pajamas, baby food, wipes, blankets, cookies and fruit cups).

► Also hygiene items (toothbrushes, Depend underwear, body wash, feminine products); and equipment (tarps, extension cords, batteries and flashlights).

Contact Bob Montgomery at bob.montgomery@shj.com.

This article originally appeared on Herald-Journal: Spartanburg County relief effort launched for Kentucky tornado victims

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