Local disaster relief organization helps distribute aid in Kentucky, following catastrophic flooding – Boston News, Weather, Sports

MATTAPOISETT, MASS. (WHDH) – Donations and volunteers are in high demand in Kentucky, where a Massachusetts group is helping those affected by recent deadly flooding.

All Hands and Hearts (AHAH), based in Mattapoisett, said it was working with residents to distribute essential supplies and clean up debris after storms in the eastern part of the state killed at least 37 people and left more than 1,300 people in need. rescue.

“A lot of people here have really lost everything, so the recovery here is going to be measured in months and years, not days and weeks,” said Jess Thompson, CEO of the group. “We saw people walking through the distribution center in their slippers and sleepwear because that’s what they were wearing when they had to flee their homes.”

Hundreds of people are still missing, according to Governor Andy Beshear (D), with search and rescue operations still underway after flash floods swept through five different counties last week.

In a press release, AHAH said it was able to prepare more than 200 meals a day for storm victims and the Kentucky National Guard, as well as help clean up downed trees and remove mud and mold from buildings in the area.

“We also have crews on the ground who are going to help these homeowners clear and clear flooded homes, remove property and things like that that have been damaged,” Thompson said.

As they continue their work, which also includes distributing water and hygiene supplies, the group has appealed for additional volunteers on the ground to help with the recovery.

Donations are also appreciated as the group continues its work in Kentucky and its mission at large as AHAH responds to disasters around the world, according to its website.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to click here, while those wishing to donate can do so by clicking the link provided here.

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