Berkshire County Vocational School Receives Donations for Another Vocational School in Mayfield, Kentucky

NORTH ADAMS, Massachusetts (NEWS10) – Another grassroots effort hopes to boost Kentucky residents in the wake of a devastating tornado earlier this month. McCann Technical School has been receiving donations of everyday items since Friday in an effort to help another vocational school in Mayfield, Kentucky.

More than 100 boxes have already been filled with supplies ranging from medicine to blankets, all to help the Mayfield/Graves County ATC.

“When I saw the photos it really broke my heart. Especially where it’s Christmas and the holiday season it’s hard to see so many people in unfortunate circumstances so it really helped us to put this together,” said Jakub Wood, a McCann senior who helped with the effort.

Organizers say they have seen an outpouring of support from across the Berkshire County community.

“We knew people would contribute, but we had no idea what kind of reach it was, it was amazing,” McCann manager Justin Kratz said, adding that the Berkshires are a special place.

Donations have come in from local nonprofits, families, individuals and McCann alumni, like former Bobbie Jo Gallagher, “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to give back, especially to this time of year, and obviously I’ve never been devastated like this.”

Kratz says he also spoke to the Mayfield/Graves County ATC manager via email, offering them support beyond those donations.

“Later on, if there are things we can do to help get their education back in place in terms of job training programs and that kind of stuff, we were there to help them,” he said. .

If you would like to donate, the McCann Technical School is taking them until next Wednesday. A list of acceptable items can be found on their website.

The effort comes shortly after residents of Mayfield, New York began making monetary donations to those affected by the tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky. The effort has raised more than $45,000 so far, with Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giordano saying he has sent in three deposits so far.

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