Food, Hot Drinks and Soon Gifts: The unity was in Mayfield on Christmas Eve, a city in Kentucky where dozens of people were killed by a hurricane two weeks ago.
“We’re trying to turn it into Christmas,” Jimmy Finch explains, the day after the tragedy when he was hooked up in his old red pickup with his big mobile barbecue from neighboring Tennessee.
In the bitter cold of December, he explains his mantra to help Mayfield: “One thing at a time, one sandwich at a time.”
“I don’t count the number of people we fed, we encourage everyone to come back,” he says.
In a large parking lot opposite the first United Methodist Church in Mayfield, the Yellow Marquee was set up by the volunteer Minister of Scientology, which is affiliated with the Church of Scientology.
Chad Adams, one of the volunteers sent to Mayfield, said: “We are trying to make sure everyone eats because this is a very difficult time for everyone.
He estimates the group has distributed about 30,000 meals since the December 10 disaster, and invites everyone to come and have a coffee, hot chocolate or donut while waiting for the toys to arrive, he promises.
At least 79 people have been killed in a series of hurricanes in the United States on the night of December 10-11.
Mayfield was at the center of the disaster, nothing more than a “pile of rivalries” as the city mayor described the next day.
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