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LEXINGTON, KY — Morning Pointe Senior Living communities in Lexington have spent the last month gathering support in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that tore through the Southeastern states.

The seniors and associates at the personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care campuses faced the rising waters by raising support for the people affected. After a call to action, a once empty room became inundated with donations from the community. Hygiene products, clothes, snack foods and home supplies were among the items stockpiled for the cause.

“When I started this event, I didn’t expect all of this stuff,” says Derek Combs, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Lexington-East. “It was amazing how many donations we received.”

Residents at his community gave a helping hand, boxing the donations and seeing them off for delivery to Paducah to be later dropped off at Healing Projects. From there, the items will be transported to Florida and Texas. Though the tragedy happened miles away, it was still too close for Morning Pointe residents, who wanted to pay it forward in any way possible.

Photo: Morning Pointe of Lexington-East was a collection site for donation items benefiting families affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.