Volunteers from Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help with KY clean up
Aug 30, 2022, 1:36 PM | Updated: 5:37 pm
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
After devastating floods in eastern Kentucky, over 1,000 people from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints showed up to help.
According to a release from the church, These “Helping Hands” volunteers spent the last two weekends cleaning up debris, shoveling mud, moving out furniture, preparing meals for those in need and other tasks.
The volunteers came from central and western Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio.
Lexington Kentucky Stake President Glen M. Krebs told local TV station WYMT on Aug. 20: “We’re working all day today, and we’ll work half a day tomorrow, go back to our homes, and another crew of the same size will be back next Friday, work all day Saturday and half a day Sunday.”
The City of Hazard shared this Facebook post, thanking the groups for their service.
According to Columbus Ohio North Stake President Gary C. Mangelson, the Church members and volunteers brought their own tools and camped in tents in the area.
The Church reported on Aug. 2 sending five semi-truck loads of food and supplies. Latter-day Saint volunteers joined with local firefighters and members of the Kentucky National Guard to unload the trucks and begin the massive cleanup efforts.
According to the report, the deliveries included more than 85,000 bottles of water, more than 3,600 five-gallon plastic buckets of cleaning supplies, food for more than 10,500 meals and 600 pounds of clothing.