Marshall County organization organizing relief campaign for Kentucky tornado victims | News


A Marshall County organization is joining relief efforts to help those devastated by tornadoes over the weekend.

Felicia Jones, co-founder and director of Caring Hearts Thrift Store in Arabic, is herself no stranger to tragic loss.

“I lost my home in 2004 to a fire so I know what it’s like to lose everything and not know where to turn,” Jones said.

When she saw the footage of the devastation left by tornadoes in Kentucky, she wanted to help the hundreds of families who were going through the same. Now she is taking donations to deliver them to storm victims.

“It was devastating for my heart to see so many displaced people – and right here at Christmas,” she said. “All these kids, they won’t have Christmas. They won’t have personal care items. They won’t even be able to have warm clothes. It broke my heart.”

The what’s needed list includes everything from batteries and mops to flashlights, plus some new toys to give some of the kids for Christmas. Jones said the phone lines had rang, but could still use a lot more donations.

“We have a team this week for the immediate needs – water, batteries – what they really need right now,” Jones said.

Another team will go next week to bring in items that were donated after the first team left.

“We can accept donations throughout the weekend and until next week to make sure we get as many as possible,” Jones said.

Donations can be dropped off at the store in Arabic and monetary donations can be made online. Teams are partnering with a church in Kentucky and new toys can be mailed to: High Pointe Baptist Church, 220 W. Farthing St., Mayfield, KY 42066.

The team also plans to distribute teddy bears to children affected by the tornadoes.


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