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State, nation comes together to bring Christmas to tornado survivors

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Brittany Osborne and Mary Hank, staff members at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, help pack up backpacks with small gift items to give away to children in elementary, middle and high school in areas hit by tornadoes.

When tornadoes tore through western Kentucky last Friday, hundreds of families lost their homes and belongings and had to pick up what they could salvage and move to a safe shelter. For many children, this meant they lost some or all of their toys and possessions.

The unusual December tornadoes struck just two weeks before many families’ favorite time of the year: Christmas.

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Hannah Myers, Hopkins County Magistrate, said the Hopkins County Make Christmas Happen present drive has received calls for support from more than 50 Kentucky counties and more than 35 states.

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