• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Leadership group collects blankets for the needy


SURROUNDED BY BLANKETS they helped gather, members of Leadership Woodford County prepared to distribute them to the needy. From left, first row, are Judy Beckley and Susan Hughes; second row, Lisa Johnson, Lea Martin, Julie Goodpaster and Leeann Bland. At back is Justin Carroll. (Photo by John McGary)

The first project of the Leadership Woodford County group was completed just in time for the next cold stretch. On Friday at the Woodford Senior Citizens Center, Justin Carroll and other members of the team got together in a small room with nearly 300 blankets they'd collected for the needy. "During our first meeting, we thought it would be nice to organize some kind of activity to benefit the community," said Carroll, who works for Kentucky Bank. They considered a shoe drive, but realized there was already such a program in the county. "So we thought that what would really be beneficial to underprivileged families in Woodford County . is a blanket drive. I think blankets get forgotten, in the need of sweaters and coats and shoes," Carroll said. Carroll said that most of the blankets were privately donated, with businesses like More Than A Bakery contributing cash and Citizens Commerce National Bank paying for $500 worth of blankets. Using a list of needy families they'd compiled, Bluegrass Community Action began distributing the blankets later in the day. Carroll said school Family Resource Centers, the police department and the Versailles Fire Department on Locust Street were also given some. Asked how the project made him feel, Carroll said, "Pride - to see Woodford Countians give this many blankets, and we're not even done yet. We've got more blankets to give. We worked great as a team, I think, so it was very fulfilling. Really, very proud to see what the county has come to do and give as many blankets as they have."

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