Donors give $10,000 to kids of Blackjewel miners for back-to-school items

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - On Saturday, Blackjewel miners and their families lined up at Shoe Show, after a donor gave $10,000 for new backpacks and shoes for the kids.

Harlan business owner Joyce Cheng said Teddy Jones of Irvine, Kentucky, donated the money after hearing of Joyce's efforts to help the miners.

"As a runner, I run every day for free. But this time, I run for someone. And, I also touch other peoples' hearts that want to help these coal miners' kids," said Cheng.

The donations were enough to give the 250 coal miners $60, for each of their children to spend at Shoe Show.

The miners said that the donations came as a relief, as back-to-school is just one of the many concerns they have had, while waiting to get their paychecks.

"It makes us feel a lot better and stuff like that when you know, one less weight off our back and stuff. You know, at least we know we can get school clothes, shoes, stuff like that. I mean, you know, that really helps," said Blackjewel miner, Michael Cloud.

A separate donation was given from an anonymous donor for the first 100 children to get one outfit as well.

In addition to Jones' donations, Marissa Aull raised $4,350 for backpacks.

Another donor was Meg Stewart-Cranfill, who donated $1,100 for shoes.

Of the donations, $1,000 will also be given for school supplies to Harlan Independent.

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