On Friday evening, December 10, 2021, a large tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky. We immediately sent a team of seven people to set up our base of operations at Lynnhurst Family Resort. By Monday, December 13th, several teams of volunteers had arrived; and by Wednesday, we had 150 volunteers along with chainsaws, trucks, trailers, and skidloaders all working in different places along the tornado path.
Our cleanup operations lasted until January 28th. During that time, we worked along several hundred miles of the tornado path. We cleared roads, cleaned up properties, demolished houses, tarped house roofs, cleaned up fields, and assisted FEMA with damage assessment.
During the first several weeks, we also started sending volunteers to the Mayfield Fairgrounds which was the regional distribution center for all the incoming donations. It was the place where the people affected by the tornadoes could come and get food, clothing and many other items they needed.
We had volunteers working at the fairgrounds from December until the second week of May. During that time they loaded and unloaded trucks, sorted product, and helped with product and warehouse organization.
Between the cleanup and the fairground operations, we had 812 volunteers go through our base. These volunteers put in a total of 45,000 hours and brought hundreds of pieces of equipment from hammers and chainsaws to skidloaders, mini excavators, and dump trucks.
The Kentucky project has officially ended, and we are so grateful for the generous outpouring of volunteers, finances, equipment, and prayers that we experienced. Thank you for every way that you supported us and helped us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors in Kentucky.