Pa. volunteer FFs collect supplies for Ky. tornado victims

"There are going to be a lot of families not having Christmas," said Lower Augusta Fire Department Chief Mark Minnier


By Leila Merrill

SUNBURY, Pa. — Following the deadly tornadoes that killed dozens of people and left thousands without water, electricity or heat in Kentucky and at least four other states, a fire chief in Northumberland County started an effort to gather supplies for victims, Fox 56 reported.

Lower Augusta Fire Department Chief Mark Minnier began asking the department’s Facebook followers for help on Saturday.

Local businesses have filled several trailers, and the volunteer firefighters plan to head to Mayfield, Ky. on Monday.

The Laporte Volunteer Fire Company and Sacramento Community Fire Company have established drives to add to the collection.

"I actually talked to a pastor today down there and he said their main concern right now is food, because from what I understood their grocery stores were damaged," Minnier said.

The list of needed items includes food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, clothes, monetary donations, gift cards and children's toys.

"Unfortunately, Christmas is next week. There are going to be a lot of families not having Christmas," Minnier said.

 

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