Gerkin Construction asking communities to help with Kentucky tornado relief

BEDFORD – Gerkin Construction is coordinating a community involvement measure to gain donations for the Kentucky Tornado victims.

Owner Dan Gerkin felt it necessary to help out the victims as much as he can, by providing the necessities as they recover from the devastating storm.

“Our plan is to collect items on Tuesday and Wednesday and take them directly to where the Red Cross in Kentucky deems them to be or to where the most need is for the donations,” said Gerkin. “The trucks and trailers, along with drivers and items that are donated, will be provided by us. We are also asking for checks to be made to the American Red Cross that we will deliver to them in Kentucky, as well as any assistance in fuel costs.”

There will be trucks and trailers set up in town to accept donations and to unload in the affected areas on Tuesday, December 14th and Wednesday, December 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bedford Lowes, Jay-C Plus, and Grace Full Gospel Church.

Items needed for donations include:

  • Diapers
  • Baby formula
  • Bottles and wipes
  • New socks, underwear, t-shirts and sweatshirts
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Can openers
  • Personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine care, deodorant, combs, hairbrushes, shampoo, soap)
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Paper towels and cleaning supplies
  • Bedding
  • Kitchen supplies (pots and pans, coffee makers, knives and utensils)

Suggested items needed to specifically help with the tornado damage include:

  • Tarps
  • Rolled plastic
  • Cap nails
  • Regular nails
  • Hand tools (hammers skill saws, prybars)
  • Buckets
  • Gloves
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Shovels
  • Dust masks
  • Heavy trash bags
  • and work gloves

“This idea came to fruition, and it could not be done without the help that we received from 1340 WBIW, Mikels Signs, Root’s RV, Jay-C Plus, Lowes, Grace Full Gospel Church, Hillside Christian Church, Mitchell Church of Christ and many others,” Gerkin said.