LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – It’s been one week since floods devastated eastern Kentucky. People all over are looking for ways to give back. A University of Kentucky graduate student is taking the initiative to bring as many donations and supplies, on her own, to give back to the place she calls home.
“Baby wipes, there are diapers back there, stuff like this that’s really easy to keep and open. Canned goods with tops are really helpful,” Kassidy Stumbo told FOX 56 as she sorted through the stacks of supplies in her car. It was her sixth carload of supplies headed for eastern Kentucky.
“We’ve been to Wayland and Floyd County, yesterday’s load went to Jackson. Tomorrow we’re hoping to go to Knott County to Hindman. It’s tough because a lot of the people who are helping unload are people who have lost everything,” she said.
Stumbo is a native of Floyd County. On Thursday, when she woke up and saw the destruction on social media, she knew she had to act.
“I started immediately trying to reach out to people. I think the most inspiring thing, most of the donations I got were from people my age, college kids who you know don’t really have a lot to give,” she said.
Stores are also making donations to help, Costco donated $500 towards Stumbo’s effort. Friends and family are giving support too.
“I really don’t know. I would say around, just in stuff that we’ve bought new food supplies, probably around 5 thousand at this point,” Stumbo said of the dollar amount of supplies that she’s donated.
The graduate student starts law school in 10 days. She hopes to use each one to help Eastern Kentucky
“However many trips over the next week or so, I’m willing to put the miles on the car,” she said. On Friday Stumbo is planning to bring the collected supplies to the FEMA center at the Knott County Sportsplex.