Operation Miami County Cares to help tornado victims; County accepting donations to help Kentucky

Troy — The Miami County Board of Commissioners along with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Miami County Health Department, and the Miami County Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday the kickoff of Operation Miami County Cares.

Through Operation Miami County Cares, donations will be accepted by these agencies. Collected materials will be distributed to areas recovering from the Dec. 10 tornado outbreak that hit portions of western Kentucky. Materials will be delivered by Dick Lavy Trucking of Bradford.

“The storms that came through Kentucky were simply devastating. These storms hit rural communities that may not have the resources more populated counties have. We simply need to help our neighbors,” said Commission President Greg Simmons.

Commission Vice-President Ted Mercer added, “If there is one thing that makes our county special, it’s that we are very generous. When people in Miami County see a need, they rally around and do their best to fill that need.”

“There is a need right now in western Kentucky, and we are calling on all county residents to be generous, like they always are, and help out. From what we understand, there are towns that are simply leveled,” said Commissioner Wade Westfall.

The commissioners also wanted to express their thanks to Dick Lavy Trucking of Bradford.

“Dick Lavy Trucking deserves our thanks for helping out,” said Simmons. “When businesses step up to help, it can really bring others out to donate. Dick Lavy Trucking should be applauded for their leadership.”

The list of acceptable donations include pet supplies, non-perishable baby supplies, clothing items of all sizes, toiletry items for adults and children, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, flashlights, batteries, and other necessary items. Donations can be dropped off at the Horticulture Building at the Miami County Fairgrounds during the following days and times:

• Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They are unable to accept monetary donations as well as food, water, furniture/household items, and any used items.