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Eastern Kentucky bands together to send aid to tornado victims

SALYERSVILLE – If there is one thing Magoffin County excels at, it’s coming together as a community to help others, and this past week we have more than one story to show just what it means to be a from Eastern Kentucky.

Mortimer Media Group received videos and pictures of Magoffin County High School Beta Club students coming together to wrap gifts for the Desi Scott Children’s Home in Wolfe County. The students spent hours wrapping gifts donated by local sponsors.

City Councilman Paul Montgomery helped organize the donations, wrapping, delivery and even a party for the Desi Scott Children’s Home.

Then, on a larger scale, Magoffin County Schools participated with several surrounding areas in the “Stuff the Bus” initiative, collecting donations for those affected by the recent devastating Western Kentucky tornadoes, with buses leaving out from Magoffin County High School Monday morning from all over the region to travel to Western Kentucky.

Rickie Hopkins, who was driving a bus from Jenkins Independent Schools, told Mortimer Media Group, “This load is love. It’s lots of love from Eastern Kentucky for the families that were so devastated. We love you and our prayers are with you. We’re going to do everything we can to help you.”

Buses from the 15th – 22 buses in total – were packed to the ceilings with supplies for those hit hard by the tornadoes, then meeting up with buses from the 16th region in Winchester, and journeyed all the way to Morgantown. In total, an estimated 60 buses, box trucks, trailers, etc. made the trek to Western Kentucky, with everything from cleaning supplies, water, and toys for Christmas.
Chris Roy, driving a bus from Pike County Schools, said, “I used to teach at Henderson

County and some of my kids that may have been affected are now adults down there now, so I wanted to make sure I was going down there to help out people that I may have known and taught school for.”

Each of the districts involved were designated items to donate, with each filling buses with those items, as well as many toys, all delivered to youth service centers in the counties affected to make sure everything is distributed to people in need.

Also important to remember, many of the communities on the receiving end of these buses sent donations to Magoffin, Morgan and Johnson counties in the aftermath of the March 2012 tornado.

Roy also said, “It’s very humbling to see an economically deprived area like Eastern Kentucky come out and show out the way they have.”



  1. Gary Simpkins

    December 29, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Why is the city councilman and mayor
    Not helping the poor!Fir every family not just Mr Shepard’s Nutt buffers! The magoffin countian struggling Equal oppurtunity .or help people that does volunteer jobs in city ?

  2. Gary Simpkins Jr

    January 3, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    If I was mayor there or judge I’d only focus in my own town cause it’s to deep into poverty instead takin from my own county .I need sue over this Foolishly spending grand money When Magoffin has No Homeless shelter or hospital or jail cause leadership other than Gary Simpkins Jr my main goals always Hospital.Jail.Homeless shelter for magoffin. Countisns

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