Paris church community collecting donations for Harvey victims


PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ)- People in Texas have been cleaning up after Hurricane Harvey for about a month now. A Bourbon County community is trying to help out, but says it needs you! They have just a little more than a week left to help fill up a cargo trailer of supplies, headed for Texas.

For many of us, 5-7:30 p.m. are precious hours. For over a week now, though, Elivra Persson and her kids have been sacrificing that time for others, even when it is uncomfortable.

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“It is definitely a hot day,” Persson said.

Their Paris Church, Family Worship Center, is collecting money and disaster relief items for families trying to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

“These folks have lost their whole life as they know it,” Persson said.

Next week, some church members will drive a cargo trailer to Lumberton, Texas. They say it is a 1/4 full now, but they hope you will help pack it with donations.

“I would want someone to do it for me. What if it was me and my family?” Persson said.

Roxann Sams and her daughter are right there next to Persson. Sams says she feels it is her duty to help those in need.

“It’s a blessing to do that,” Sams said.

Even when the number of tragedies we hear about can feel overwhelming, even when it feels like we do not have time, this community hopes you will sacrifice just a little because someone would do it for you.

If you want to help out, you can donate items through October 5th at Family Worship Center in the Save-A-Lot parking lot on the bypass in Paris. Contact: Elvira Persson at (859) 200-1236.

The group is collecting cleaning supplies, toiletries, non-perishable foods, bottled water, baby supplies, bug spray, towels, wash clothes, linens, fans, generators, and dry pet food. 

After ABC 36 left Family Worship Center, Persson sent us this picture Sams’ daughter drew to demonstrate what the fundraising drive is teaching children.

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