Local donut shop, church team up to help Kentucky tornado victims

CENTERVILLE — Bill’s Donut Shop is teaming up with Restoration Church to help those impacted by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Kentucky.

The groups will be accepting donations at Bill’s Donut Shop, located at 268 N. Main St. in Centerville, through Monday.

Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donut Shop, told News Center 7′s James Rider that Saturday morning, after deadly tornadoes had touched down in five different states, her phone started ringing with people asking how to help.

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“We just didn’t have the man power and the ability to get it down there that quick so Restoration Church was an answered prayer,” Tucker said.

Nicole Scrivner, Restoration Church’s Director of Operations, said her first call was also to Bill’s.

“We’re just really grateful for Lisa and Bill’s. I think they’ve done such a great job of responding every time,” Scrivner said.

The Centerville church has an early response team that has responded to disasters like this before.

“We’ve all seen the news that these tornadoes have gone through so much of the Midwest and with Kentucky being out neighbor, right to the south, we knew that we could help,” Scrivner said.

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“Everybody wants to help, it’s just how do you get it from A to B, and get it together,” Tucker said. “We’re just fortunate to have the space and the ability to put people together that want to help.”

Tucker said it’s “heartwarming” to know the reputation Bill’s has can bring people together.

“We’ve done this now for many years. It started with [the] Joplin [tornadoes in 2011], and just to know that people will turn to us when they need help, it’s very rewarding,” Tucker said.

They said they are collecting the following items:

  • Socks, underwear, gloves for adults and children
  • Baby care items such as diapers, wipes, bottles, and sippy cups.
  • Personal care items: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, bar soap, deodorant
  • Paper goods: toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Travel size laundry detergent
  • Hand sanitizer—gel or wipes
  • Small first aid kits, blankets
  • Solar lights

Restoration Church will pack these items up and their first response team will take them down to Kentucky and distribute them to those in need. They are hoping to fill 300 buckets to distribute when they head to Kentucky on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

James Rider

James Rider

I was born in Virginia and have moved several times in my life as a member of an Air Force family. I've lived in Virginia, California, Germany, England, and Ohio. I graduated from Centerville High School and then went on to attend Ball State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree.