People helping people following deadly gas line explosion

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – As soon as the news spread about the deadly gas pipeline explosion in Lincoln County, volunteers and organizations poured into the community ready to help the victims.

Immediately after the explosion, the American Red Cross met with families to find out what they needed.

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They’ve been working with the pipeline company and other organizations to help them help victims, that includes the Family Resource Center near Hustonville Elementary School.

Coordinator of the Family Resource Center Candida Byrd said the door to the center has been constantly opening with people bringing in more items.

“Actually it’s unexplainable. It touches my heart to know that being in Lincoln County if you’re in a crisis situation you’re not going to have to struggle, you’re not going to have to need, you’re not going to have to want because someone in this community is going to step up and help you,” Byrd said.



Most families are staying in hotels so Byrd said they need easy foods that don’t need to be refrigerated or can go in the microwave.

Byrd said they are doing well with most items but they are still in need of children and men’s clothing.

The Helping Hands Family Resource Center will regularly update its donation needs list on its Facebook.