Panama City, FL – Bay County man on a mission to help Kentucky tornado victims


Panama City, FL –

BAY COUNTY, Florida (WMBB) – Weeks after tornadoes devastated areas in several states, a local man is on a mission to help.

Ivan Ross, of Bay County, said he felt obligated to help victims of the Kentucky tornadoes earlier this month.

“I was talking to my wife about it and I was like, ‘We have to do something,’” said Ross. “It was originally just about bringing the kids toys and everything, and we knew there would be a wave of other people bringing in toys, Santa Claus and everything, so we had decided to open it up to everything.

Ross said his wife’s family weathered the storm, giving them firsthand knowledge of the devastation.

He said some of the most in-demand items included bottled water, feminine hygiene products, non-perishable foods and diapers.

Ross said kerosene heaters are also in demand because Kentucky is cold this time of year.

He hopes to pack a semi-truck full of items to send to Western Kentucky.

“It doesn’t matter if I have a quarter truck or if I have a full truck or if I have ten trucks, everything is going to go up there on Sunday morning,” Ross said. “Dawson Springs was where the impact was greatest and the tornado was the greatest, including Bremen, so we’re going to go out there and take care of them and try to help them as much as possible. “

Chris Bullock is another victim of a Kentucky tornado. She and her family also survived the storm.

News 13 spoke to him just days after his house was destroyed.

“I didn’t think we were going to get there, to be honest… Especially when the wall fell on my son and I,” Bullock said. “I thought that was it.”

Although Bullock and Ross have never met, the items he collects will coincidentally go to his hometown of Dawson Springs.

Ross said many people helped Bay County after Hurricane Michael and he felt obligated to pay it forward.

“We went through this with Hurricane Michael so whenever we needed help people came out with open arms,” Ross said. “I have a big heart and I know a lot of people do it here, so what better way than to give back to the people who help us, what better way to help others, especially around Christmas.”

If you would like to donate items to the tornado relief campaign, Ross will be at Lynn Haven Walmart on Saturday from 8 a.m. until dark.

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