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Lexington community showing generosity for family in need

Posted at 6:52 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 18:58:39-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The past couple of days, we have shared with you a real grassroots type of effort to help a local family in need: A man raising six children without some very basic necessities. LEX 18 met with fundraiser organizers Thursday who are blown away.

Roger and his family moved to the U.S. as refugees from Congo almost 10 years ago. Roger's wife suddenly died this year and Roger quit his job to take care of his six children. So, off-duty Lexington police officer Ryan Holland started an online fundraiser to bridge the gap. Touched by Roger's story, a Lexington mom shared the post, asking for item donations.

"You know, I was expecting a few people to bring a few things. I had no idea we were headed in this direction, but it's amazing," Beth Pickrell said.

After two days of collecting donations at Crestwood Christian Church, the donations have exceeded their expectations.

"It shows what an incredible community this is and what people are willing to do and the generosity people inherently have. It's really been good for my soul," Pickrell added.

Clothing, food, blankets, toys and shoes are all being sorted before going to Roger and his six children.

"Very overwhelming had kind of pulled together for a family. It just shows when we do work together, how we can bless other people in need," Ryan Holland said.

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