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Ashland, Ky.— King’s Daughters Medical Center recently announced it will contribute more than $42,000 to communities in southeastern Kentucky devastated by the severe storms and tornado of March 2.


 "As soon as news of the storm’s damage reached us, our team organized to raise funds and collect supplies,” said Jane Blankenship, executive director of King’s Daughters Health Foundation. “Hundreds of our staff members, volunteers and physicians donated thousands of supplies and funds totaling nearly $22,000. The medical center generously agreed to match contributions 100 percent.” 
 
According to Debbie Miller, KDMC community relations manager, team members scrambled to donate, collect and deliver truckloads of necessities, including bottled water, undergarments, diapers, non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies and infant car seats to West Liberty and Morgan, Johnson, Lawrence and Magoffin counties in Kentucky. “We were able to make our first delivery three days after the tornado struck,” she said. Miller noted that the team also mobilized their churches and other organizations with which they were affiliated to help in the cause. 
 
KDMC’s tornado relief drive was initially scheduled to end by March 16 but was extended through March 30 once the team realized the extent of damage, according to Miller. “When we made the first delivery and saw the loss people endured, we just knew there was more that we could do.”
 
Tracy Woods, a KDMC community relations team member, was among those delivering the supplies to the storm ravaged areas. “The devastation was difficult to comprehend,” she said, noting that she was amazed at the quick and generous response of her colleagues. “No matter what community need we are working to meet, this team always has a sense of urgency and desire to help. I’m really thankful to be part of it,” she said.

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