“It was humbling,” Angela Garnett, Louisville Water Customer Service Trainer, said when asked about the trip she took to Mayfield, Kentucky, a few days before Christmas.
Garnett and Customer Service Representative Shenita Hutchings had collected clothes and toiletries from other Louisville Water employees for victims of the tornadoes that tore through western Kentucky.
“Money was also collected to buy additional items such as shampoo, conditioner, blankets, socks, thermal wear, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes,” Garnett said.
In Mayfield, she and Hutchings distributed the items along with food and water the National Guard loaded in their cars. The Louisville Water employees also shared items with other volunteers to ensure even distribution throughout the area.
Garnett and Hutchings even met the head of Mayfield Electric & Water Systems.
“As we rode through the area to distribute food, he stopped to talk to us,” Garnett said. “He spoke of his appreciation for us volunteering to help.”
Garnett said the effort was humbling because “being around so many people unconditionally volunteering their time was overwhelmingly emotional. We spoke to so many from various states, and we all worked together. It was an amazing experience to see so many come together and to see the smiles [of gratitude] on the faces of those that survived the storms.”