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We commend Kentucky Power and all of its partners and volunteers who assisted with the “Power Up the Pantry” donation drive.

The event, held in Prestonsburg and Hazard, raised $17,000 and 7.5 tons of food for God’s Pantry, the company reported.

A spokesperson said that equals about 152,000 meals for people in need.

The impressive list of donations also includes a Sprinter van that was donated by Anthem Medicaid. 

The company also donated the majority of the cash donations provided during this event.

These donations will greatly impact people in need in Eastern Kentucky, and we should all be thankful for that.

For those who want to reach out and say thank you, this donation drive hosted by Kentucky Power was also made possible with contributions from Anthem Medicaid, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the cities of Prestonsburg and Hazard, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College, God’s Pantry Food Bank, New Hope Church in Hazard and WYMT. 

Officials told us that this idea came from similar events that Kentucky Power has held in other areas, and we were told that it came together “easily and quickly” because people here kept “wanting to sign on to help.”

That willingness shows one of the greatest qualities in Eastern Kentucky: We’re lucky enough to live in a place where residents want reach out and help their neighbors.

The collaboration that made this donation drive a reality is just what Eastern Kentucky needs to dig itself out of the hole it’s been in for so long. 

There is a possibility for success in this region, and it’ll come when people start working and collaborating together, as a team, as a region. 

We should all celebrate successes like these and use them as an example for how we move forward in the future. 

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