When an EF-2 tornado struck the Eagle Crossing apartments on February 24, 10-year old Tanner Sellers didn’t have time to grab his disaster preparedness kit the Red Cross helped him make, and Thursday they replaced it.
Tanner is a fifth grader at South Christian Elementary School, and in January Kathy Hayes with the local Red Cross went to his school and taught his class about being prepared for disasters. They created a pillowcase full of things he would need that he decorated and personalized.
Hayes says she was interviewing Tanner’s mother after the tornado destroyed their apartment, and that’s when she found out he’d lost the pillowcase.
She says while the Red Cross has heard from many of the families impacted by the tornado, there are still some people who haven’t contacted them and she is urging them to do so.
Tanner spent some time happily decorating his new pillowcase Thursday, which came filled with markers, snacks, a flash light, games and more.
Hayes says the Red Cross, not just in Christian County but in surrounding counties also, are in desperate need of volunteers to help out in the event of other disasters. She says on the night the tornado hit, there was no one locally around to help—they had all gone to northern Kentucky to help those impacted by severe flooding.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call the local Red Cross at 270-348-3978, where they can learn more about the pillowcase project.