Former UN Ambassador visits EKY, goes shopping with children affected by flooding

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Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 3:56 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Since devastating flooding hit Eastern Kentucky, several celebrities and political figures have answered the call for help in the area.

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On Thursday, former United Nations Ambassador, Kelly Knight Craft, was at the Jackson Walmart helping children who were impacted by the flooding.

“It just warmed my heart that so many people would try to come together to help others,” said Brenda Cesefske, the grandmother of a child taking part in the event. “I think its brought Kentucky together even more than we have been and brought the rest of the country to help.”

Craft was there representing the Craft Foundation, in partnership with the University of Kentucky Varsity Letter Association, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and Breathitt County Schools getting clothes, toys and other items the children wanted or needed.

“Its just a lot of smiling faces,” said Phillip Watts, Breathitt County Schools Superintendent. “We’ve had students leave with bicycles, TV’s, with clothes, underwear, food, you name it, and everyone has been amazing today.”

Thursday’s event allowed more than 80 Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School students to pick out items before heading back to school.

“It feels great to be able to give back, but I’m just one of a thousand people in Kentucky, thousands all over the united states that have come together,” said Craft. “This just shows you that this state, if everyone’s looking at us, we are shining right now. In the midst of a really unfortunate situation, Kentuckians come together.”