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Relief Efforts Continue For Kentucky Tornado Victims

Clothes, hygiene kits and blankets were given away to those in need along with other home supplies.

Posted: Jan 8, 2022 10:07 PM

"My main concern after the tornado was, what my kids needed," said Paige Williams. 

Williams lost her home in Dawson Springs when the tornado swept through Dec. 10. Thankfully, she and her family were unharmed but their belongings were no longer there.

The Global Empowerment Mission is stepping up to give back to those like Paige and her family who have lost everything.

"We're giving every car that pulls up, three hundred dollars in BStrong visa cards and then they get there cars loaded, fully loaded like as if they went to a grocery store with all kinds of food with sleeping bags, with air mattresses, bedding all different kinds of things," said Michael Capponi. 

Clothes, hygiene kits and blankets were given away to those in need along with other home supplies. 

"We feel there's not enough attention in this area so we wanted to come here and help this community." said Capponi. 

The nonprofit partnered with Bethenny Frankel's BStrong initiative and the First Assembly of God Church in Madisonville to present the relief support drive. Their ultimate goal is to help over one thousand families to receive what they need, during this difficult time.

"It gives people hope because it's not just people from Kentucky coming here," said Williams. "there are people from all different states coming to help."

Pastor Chris Manning decided to partner with the Global Empowerment Mission after growing concerned for those affected.

"This is going be a long process, you know we're looking 6 to 8 months, even possibly years out and so we need people coming in here that's not just going to come in here for the first 2 or 3 weeks." said Manning. 

The help is needed by so many, yet they're still showing gratitude through it all. 

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