Ogemaw County Herald

Help local business fill a truck for our Kentucky neighborsFree Access

When a natural disaster occurs, many people feel like they want to help but just don’t know how to accomplish it. Northern Michigan Aquatics is making it easy for us to help our neighbors to the south whose lives have been devasted by the tornadoes which ribbed through six states in mid-December.

Ray Van Goethem is the owner of Northern Michigan Aquatics. He knows someone in Mayfield, KY and felt called to help the residents of this city. Van Goethem organized three drop-off locations to collect essential items to assist victims of the disaster. Dean Arbor Ford has donated the use of a truck. Items will be collected through Jan. 4. Van Goethem and a couple of employees will drive the donations to Mayfield.

Donation drop-off sites have been set up at Dean Arbor Ford of West BranchRose City Café in Rose City and at Northern Michigan Aquatics, north of West Branch. Van Goethem also set up a Go Fund Me site, Helping Hands for Mayfield, for monetary donations. The link is gofund.me/a2cc730a.

Items are needed at this time include: tarps, blankets, pillows, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, body wipes, diapers, feminine hygiene products, brushes, combs, toilet paper, undergarments for adults and children, new or gently used clothes, shoes and boots, ponchos and umbrellas, phone chargers, soy formula, bottled water, flashlights and batteries, Rubbermaid storage containers, non-perishable food, laundry detergent, Dawn dish soap, trash bags, bleach wipes, plastic trash cans, gifts for kids such as board games, toys, puzzles, new or used books and Bibles.