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Donations heading to southeastern Kentucky flood victims

Posted at 8:23 PM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 21:04:07-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A non-profit based in eastern Kentucky is stepping up to the plate again to support their beloved community.

After a three hour drive from Harlan County to Lexington on Saturday morning, Leslie Bledsoe stepped through the doors of Heritage Baptist Church.

Bledsoe is the president from "With Love From Harlan," the same non-profit who helped those affected by the Blackjewel Mining shutdown.

They're now helping flood victims in southeastern Kentucky, and when she walked into the church, there were tables full of donations to bring back to the region.

"It's just a wonderful outpouring of love and support," said Bledsoe. "We've had a rough year."

With a U-haul truck ready to load and plenty of people to help, many hands got to work.

Volunteers loaded dozens of shovels, brooms, bottles of bleach and bags of clothes into the truck.

"The first thing that these people are going to need is to clean their places," said Bledsoe.

Some of the items were paid for by a Summit Christian Academy math class project.

"So they raised in total $219 and 79 cents, but they have they have well over 300 items that have been purchased And I think God will just multiply that blessing," said Kristina King with Summit Christian Academy.

Sixth graders put together a business proposal and sold a product during their school's open house, taking away a very important point.

"Learning that the money that's handed to them is not all profit," said King.

The end goal was to donate the money to help those in need. In this case, it was "With Love From Harlan."

"I think they're going to be really excited to then see that that dollar amount can be converted into much bigger blessing," said King.

A blessing that's definitely felt by those receiving it.

"Just overwhelmed at all the love that's poured out," said Bledsoe.

"With Love from Harlan" is making several stops with the truck of donations, including Knox, Bell and Harlan Counties.