Hometown Hero

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

This month's severe storms ravaged parts of our area, but our neighbors to the South fared much worse. Many Tennessee counties saw multiple tornadoes nearly two weeks ago, which resulted in several deaths and left dozens of families homeless.

Now, several South Central Kentucky residents are reaching out to help. Melody Gidcumb said it broke her heart to see the devastation and knew she could help restore what fierce winds had destroyed. She brought the idea to the congregation of Liberty Baptist Church in Auburn. Pastor Kenneth Chyle says his congregation has always been receptive and eager to lend a helping hand.

Gidcumb contacted a civic center in Harriman, Tennessee. The center is housing dozens of storm victims and is in desperate need of a long list of items. Since bringing it to the attention of many, donations of canned food, toys and clothes have started pouring into the church.

Friday volunteers will be accepting donations at three drop-off locations and delivering the items this weekend. If you would like to help by making a monetary donation, you can send your check to the Baptist Association in the Harriman area.

Big Emory Baptist Association
c/o Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 444
Harriman, TN 37748


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