Hazard Church hosts fall festival for flood-affected children

Ary, Ky. (WYMT) – Flooding destroyed nearly everything along Highway 476 in Perry and Breathitt counties, prompting a local church to hold a fall festival for area children.

The First Presbyterian Church in downtown Hazard moved into the Homeplace Community Center to entertain children living in the outskirts of Perry County.

“It was a central location and we just thought you knew why you would have someone come to Hazard to get things when we should be bringing them to him,” said Tracy Counts, the event organizer.

The children were able to paint pumpkins, participate in a walk around the cake and eat a hot meal.

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While the sizzling grill was the only thing that was physically warm on a cold fall evening, the warmth in the hearts of others brought joy unfelt for months.

“We just wanted to be Jesus’ feet and hands, for people who don’t have a lot of hope right now,” Counts said.

All it took was a buzzing phone to get a neighbor to help another.

“When they called me to join this to bring things here to help these people, I was thrilled to do so,” said Donna Campbell, an event volunteer.

Campbell, who is secretary with the Lost Creek Volunteer Fire Department, said they are still working with residents living in tents, which is a big concern as cold temperatures arrive.

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