GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) — Members of the Grand Island branch of American Legion Riders have teamed up with Sunrise Express to load a semi-trailer with disaster relief supplies in Mayfield, Kentucky. Not only were they collecting donations, they were also driving their cars to Mayfield to deliver to those in need.
David Morrison, American Legion Rider and director of safety at Sunrise Express, said they see a great deal of support.
He said, “A lot of people in the community have come, handing things over, they have come and said ‘what do you need, what can we get’.
Voice for Companion Animals volunteers stopped by to drop a truckload of pet food, leashes, and more.
“We had a lot of supplies and wanted to give them for the season as supposed, here we go,” said VCA volunteer Tracie Pfeifle.
Pfeifle said it was a good feeling knowing they make a difference to a number of people’s lives.
“I hope, most of all, that people will not have to give up their pets, because they are such a big part of your family, and so, hopefully if we donate what we have, they will be able to keep their pets with them,” she said. They’ve lost a lot, and you don’t want to lose a member of your family either.”
It was good to see all the support from the community, Morrison said, remembering how Kentucky also helped people in central Nebraska during the flood in 2019.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Morrison said. “They were when we needed them, Kentucky was a few years ago. They brought in a lot of hay for the cattle because of that, so it kind of put the money back to Kentucky for their gratitude.”
American Legion Riders planned a fundraiser at the GI United Veterans Club over the weekend or until the semi-trailer was filled. They accept a variety of disaster relief items such as blankets, toiletries, canned goods, and more.
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