Beaver Dam Residents work to“Fill-the-Truck” for Kentucky tornado victims

They’ll drive that truck to Kentucky bright and early Tuesday morning.
Donation Drive for a Kentucky at Beaver Dam Police Department
Donation Drive for a Kentucky at Beaver Dam Police Department(Matt Bartol)
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 9:27 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 2, 2022 at 3:30 PM CST
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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WMTV) - A truck full of help will soon be on the way to tornado victims in Kentucky from people in the Beaver Dam area.

Volunteers with the Beaver Dam Police and Fire departments and auxiliaries have asked area residents to help them fill a large truck with everything from diapers, to non-perishable foods, to toiletries, toys and cleaning supplies for people in the Bowling Green, Kentucky area affected by last month’s devastating tornadoes.

Organizer Matt Bartol said Sunday afternoon there has been, “Outstanding support from the community.” Sunday drop off took place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beaver Dam Police Department on Park Avenue. Items will also be accepted Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the same location.

Items needed include diapers of all sizes dog food, cat food, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes/toothpaste, fleece blankets, non perishable food items, baby food/formula, bottles, sippy cups, toys for kids, coloring books, crayons, markers, puzzle books, and books. You can also donate money to the campaign through the Beaver Dam Police Charities on PayPal.

This all came about because Bartol’s former Platoon Sergeant in the Marine Corps lives in Bowling Green and Bartol contacted him to see what Beaver Dam could do to help. “It’s the holidays. Just because we aren’t having bad things happen around here doesn’t mean we can’t go out and support somebody else. Just based on my connection down there, I felt that was the proper place to just go ahead and do that,” Bartol said.

Bartol, who is a Beaver Dam firefighter, added they’ll drive that truck to Kentucky bright and early Tuesday morning. He said, ”People are coming out of the woodwork left and right—they’re hearing it on the radio, I’m getting emails every day asking hey, what can we do. What do you want? We’ll bring it. Just let us know. And monetary donations are flowing through too. It’s great. The whole community’s really coming together.”

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