If you or your friends or colleagues or family are looking to join in on the action, today is the day.
The Union County Fairgrounds will be open from noon to 4 p.m. today to collect the everyday items that we take for granted but that our fellow Americans in western Kentucky and the bordering states are in desperate need of right now.
Unless you lived on Gilligan Island last month, you’ve heard of the unprecedented line of tornadoes and thunderstorms on December 10th. stretch from Columbus to the other side of Pittsburgh – Central America, most in and around western Kentucky.
More than two weeks have passed and there are still hundreds without electricity or running / potable water in the disaster area and hundreds more living in a house or caravan that has a tarp covering half of the area. dwelling left standing by the storm.
Most meteorologists had never heard of storms like these outside the classroom, but they were there on December 10 watching a literal real-time horror show on radar and satellite feeds. as the storm cut a straight line across Kentucky like a hot knife through butter. It was so destructive that 14 counties in Kentucky received immediate assistance – as it did the next day – from FEMA in the wake of the carnage.
Readers of Union County Daily Digital know that a number of Union County residents have come together and organized an impromptu donation depot for desperately needed supplies in disaster areas, the list of which has been fully compiled. on UCDD and Facebook and Twitter and has exactly what you would expect to see on such a list (see below).
Once news of the success of the first ‘drive-thru and drop-off’ was known, the rest of Union County asked to go head-first to see how they could help. The Marysville Police Division and the Marysville Fire Department have established “depots” at their various stations, as have the Allen Township Fire Department, Leesburg Township Fire Department, Market Ostrander Midway and Chapman Ford.
The original drive-thru and drop-off gathered enough necessities to fill 2/3 of the semi-trailer that was donated by Piper Contracting, Inc. The original truck was already supposed to be on its way to one. of the many villages and towns in Kentucky that were pummeled by the super storm.
But Union County residents wanted another chance, so delivery of essentials to the right people in central Ohio was postponed to give them more time to fill that last third of the trailer.
This postponement ends today. Local organizers would have much preferred to have the drive-thru and drop-off collection on the weekends, but the sad fact is our fellow Americans in Kentucky can’t wait. They needed this stuff yesterday. People are hungry and in pain today. Every minute counts.
I half-tried to get someone “official” on the phone in the disaster area, but since electricity is still missing in many places and many cell phone towers are now being turned into corporate art, it was not an easy task. When I finally spoke to someone from FEMA I was asked to leave a number and was very pleasantly but hastily told that they would try to call me back.
I told the young woman I spoke to to forget her and not leave our number, I said God bless and she get back to doing real work. I doubt I have questions for a spokesperson that haven’t already been asked and answered a million times.
On a few calls I asked what was needed in the field right now and the answers were pretty much the same: batteries of all sizes, toddler diapers, bottled water and, at the risk of suffering the brunt of your puritanical anger, feminine hygiene products, ie tampons and pads. If your embarrassment or existential threat to your manhood prevents you from throwing a box of tampons or a bottle of Monistat in a shopping cart next to bottled water, deodorant, and chicken noodle soup, please pleases and join the 21st century.
Items from the deposits that have been collected over the past few days will be delivered to the Union County Fairgrounds between noon and 4 p.m., after which a farewell will be greeted and donations will be directed to Bluegrass State.
Again, today’s drive-thru and drop-off at the fairground today from noon to 4 p.m. is open to the public who are encouraged to fill a basket with essentials, throw away. your trunk and drop them off at the exhibition center. Please enter and exit through the Main St./State Route 4 gate. Follow the well-marked route through the fairgrounds and you will find volunteers who will help unload cars and trucks, count and organize donations, and then collect donations. load onto the trailer heading for Mayfield, Kentucky and the points beyond.
Orange and yellow vests
Matches or lighters
Flashlights and batteries
Hand warmer packs
Diapers for babies
Dry / long-life milk
Dental prosthesis cleaner
Contact solution and case
Tylenol or Motrin for children
Diabetic food or testing supplies
All toiletries (TP, toothbrushes and paste, hand, body and laundry soap, etc.)
Feminine hygiene products
gallons or larger jugs of water
Bottled water cases
New towels and washcloths
Can opener (remember that much of the city remains without electricity)
New socks and underwear
Large trash bags