AMVETS hold fundraiser for Lincoln County explosion victims

Posted at 7:11 PM, Aug 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 09:49:16-04

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Nearly three weeks ago, a gas pipeline explosion rocked Lincoln County.

One person was killed, several more hurt and many of them lost everything. Since then, people around Kentucky have stepped in to help.

On Saturday, the American Veterans post in Danville raised money for those who lost everything, including one of their own.

“We have a very dear friend of ours and she was the trailer that is next to the lady that passed away in the pipeline explosion,” said organizer Kimberly Vanwinkle.

Not only were homes destroyed in that horrific explosion, but also the sense of security for everyone who lived in the Moreland community.

“I shed a lot of tears the past couple of weeks. I've just been totally blown away with the generosity and the love that comes out of Boyle County,” said Vanwinkle.

Vanwinkle organized the fundraiser. She said live music was lined up all day, food was for sale, and monetary donations were accepted, too.

She said they want to make sure their neighbors to the south know that they're not forgotten.

“I would probably just walk up to them and give them a big hug. That's about all you can do. Try to console them and let them know they are not in this alone. There are a lot of people they don't even know that is behind them,” said Kenneth Hill.

Vanwinkle said if she could give the victims one message on behalf Amvets Post 123 and their entire community, it would be this:

“We just want to say we love you, Danville is here for you, and we want to support you. We know you've been through something terrible and horrific,” said Hill.

All of the money raised will go directly to the victims.