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More than 350 volunteers with Operation Christmas helped Mayfield tornado survivors

Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 7:02 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2021 at 7:04 AM CST
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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) - More than 350 volunteers with Operation Christmas helped make sure tornado survivors had gifts for the holidays.

A partnership between the City of Mayfield and Graves County, the event helps volunteers distribute much-needed items throughout the community.

“They’re giving us a list of different houses to go to, even a whole street,” said volunteer Tracy Estes.

She believes it’s all an effort to spread a little hope, and a lot of holiday cheer, in a time where people are in need.

“It could happen to one of us some time, and I hope somebody would help me if it happened to me, so I try to help them when I can,” she continued.

Operation Christmas took place at the parking lot of Graves County High School on Tuesday, December 21.

Not only did volunteers fulfill orders for people in the community, but they also gave out water, hygiene products, toys or whatever they need to try to make sure that they have a regular Christmas.

“We wanted to get out in the community. We’ve been doing a lot of paperwork and trying to get everything lined out to help the community rebuild and basically survive what we went through.”

Graves County Emergency Management Director Tracy Warner estimated they reached about 2,500 families on Tuesday, with 110 more requests to fulfill on Wednesday.

She said volunteers talked to two families who were paired up with area churches for additional assistance.

Donations from all across Kentucky led to thousands of toys delivered to Mayfield for the event on Tuesday.

“I’m overwhelmed by the amount of outside support, particularly for our children,” said Mayor Kathy O’Nan. “Santa truly has come early to Mayfield, Kentucky.”

Residents who have not yet received assistance may call the Graves County Tornado Relief Hotline at 270-727-5114.

Donations are still being accepted for Operation Christmas at the Graves County Health Department with monetary donations paid by check to the Tornado Relief Fund at Independence Bank.

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