FRANKFORT, KY (3/16/12) – Working in a bipartisan manner and with the help of its staff, the Kentucky House of Representatives formally gave the American Red Cross’s Kentucky Cares Fund $25,500.31 today to help the state’s victims of the deadly March 2nd storm.
“Hopefully, this money will be put to good use in Kentucky and will assist in helping families through this difficult time,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo wrote in a letter to the Red Cross’s Bluegrass Chapter members. “Unless one has survived the devastation of such an event, I don’t think a person can fully comprehend the emotional turmoil that follows. Through this heartfelt gesture, all of us want to contribute in some way to lessen the burden of those who lost so much.”
“I am very proud of House members in uniting to assist our fellow Kentuckians who have suffered as a result of the tragedy,” said House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover.
Rep. Hoover and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins initially challenged the House’s 100 members to raise $10,000, but Speaker Stumbo said it quickly became evident that, with help from the staff of the Legislative Research Commission, the final total would be much higher. It took less than two weeks to more than double it.
“I can’t say that I am surprised, because the response to the request was immediate,” Speaker Stumbo said. “We want these communities to know that, in addition to this donation, we in the House are committed to doing all we can to help them rebuild.”
Information provided by Brian Wilkerson
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