LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Camp Hero Kentucky, based out of McKee is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides opportunities for wounded veterans and first responders who seek to decompress following their service with fellow vets & first responders.

Throughout the course of the week, organization representatives have been taking donations outside of Glenn’s Freedom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to deliver to the victims of the floods in eastern Kentucky on Friday.

For the volunteers of Camp Hero, helping the victims of eastern Kentucky has some very personal ties.

“I come out of the same hollers these people did and do know this that they have very tight communities up there and,” said volunteer Will Short. “Even if I wasn’t with Camp Hero and had to put a case of water on my shoulder and walk up there, those people are going to get my help whether they want it or not.”

For some organization representatives, like Director of Nature Emersion Mike Poynter, helping people is something that is in their blood.

“Sometimes they have to tell us to stop,” Poynter said. “We are like a race horse with blinders on. You get so focused on your mission, so focused on there is somebody at there that needs our help.”

To some, the community in eastern Kentucky is an integral part of the state of Kentucky as a whole.

“These people deserve our help because they’re the heart and soul of Kentucky and there is some of the best people that you’ll ever meet in the United States, they’re from that neck of the woods,” Short said.

One common theme that can be seen in the aftermath of last week’s floods has been the sense of Kentucky Pride that has been on display with people trying to help one another.

“Kentucky is just unbelievable,” Poynter said. “Kids in our neighborhood had a lemonade stand and it said raising funds for the Eastern Kentucky Flood, all the proceeds going directly to the flood. Kids, 8, 9, 10 years old doing that. That’s amazing.”

On Thursday, Camp Hero will be at Glenn’s Freedom on 1560 E New Circle Rd. all day collecting donations.

Here are the items needed for donations per Camp Hero:

  • Toothpaste
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Soap
  • Bath towels
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Water
  • Diapers
  • Gatorade
  • Wipes
  • Juice
  • Formula
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Bottles
  • Shoes
  • Pacifiers
  • Clothing
  • Pull-ups
  • Underwear
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Socks
  • Adult Tylenol
  • First Aid Kit
  • Adult diapers
  • Reading glasses

You can also make a financial donation to the fundraiser link here.

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