(Posted Dec. 20, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Madison County’s collection of supplies for the residents of tornado-ravaged Mayfield, Ky., is off to a great start.
This afternoon, a steady stream of generous folks pulled up alongside a large truck parked not far from Plain City’s municipal building. From their car trunks and back seats, those folks unloaded everything from blankets to bottled water. The goal is to fill the truck.
Organized by Mount Sterling Mayor Marci Darlington, the collection effort has been dubbed “Mayors of Madison County for Mayfield.” More opportunities to give are scheduled at three locations over the next two days:
• Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at London City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St.;
• Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the West Jefferson Community Center, 230 Cemetery Rd.; and
• Dec. 22, 2-5 p.m., at Mount Sterling Village Hall, 1 S. London St.
Organizers welcome non-perishable supplies such as bottled water, baby formula, diapers, can openers, and hygiene products.
After hearing about the devastation in Mayfield earlier this month, Darlington knew she wanted to help. She reached out to the other mayors in Madison County to make it a county-wide effort.
At about the same time, London resident John Lickliter had the same thoughts. Knowing he wanted to do something, he reached out to London Mayor Patrick Closser who pointed him in Darlington’s direction.
Lickliter’s employers, Gueterverkehr LLC and Tri-State Expedited Service, jumped on board, providing the use of a truck to collect and haul the supplies and donating money for gasoline. Lickliter is donating his time to drive the supplies to Mayfield.
The project came together in just a matter of days, and the response has been great.
Plain City Mayor Jody Carney helped to spread the word by posting information on the village’s app and social media pages.
“I just said, ‘Let’s show what Plain City is made of, and let’s get the giving going,’” she said.
Word spread, and people like Mary Sims and Vickie Yoder showed up.
“It’s a time of giving and being kind and making an extra effort,” said Sims as she and Yoder dropped off blankets, water and toilet paper at the Plain City collection point. “It really feels good. I’m so glad we’re doing this.”
Plain City resident Tiffany Eudaily donated feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, baby bath products and baby pajamas.
“It pulls at your heart strings as a mom,” said Eudaily, who also recently became a grandmother. She felt for the children impacted by the devastation in Kentucky.
Carney related the story of an elementary school teacher at Olentangy Public Schools who heard about Madison County’s efforts. The teacher had completed her student teaching in Mayfield, Ky., and wanted to help them out. She and her students at Olentangy collected a moving truck full of supplies and dropped them off in Plain City.
Darlington and Lickliter are thrilled with the response so far, and Darlington said this is just the beginning. When Mayfield, Ky., fades from the headlines, she said she will still be there for them.
“I pledged my next two years as mayor to help them on their way. My gosh, think if it happened to us?,” Darlington said. “This might be something we do quarterly. We can check in with them to see what they need as time goes on.”