At Independence Bank our passion has always been about people. This is why we have a sincere desire to make a difference in the communities we serve. Each month, through written and video content, we will spotlight a different charity with the idea of sparking a revolution that is compassionate about people in need in our community. We hope this campaign not only shines a light on local organizations serving our region, but also inspires you to be a part of the revolution!
When Kane Powell is at The Lily Pad, located in the Easter Seals West Kentucky Child Development Center, he is thinking of only one thing—fun.
The four-year-old knows that when he and his friends get the chance to go into the facility’s “motor room,” he will be ready to crawl up and down the stair toy and across the bridge. He anxiously awaits art time, where he will paint or create a treasure or trinket for his mom. And, thanks to a brand-new soft, padded flooring in the outdoor play area, he can also plan to play out in the sunshine as well.
Sometimes the bells of Christmas don’t ring. Sometimes, instead, they rev, roar and rumble. Such is the case at the annual Pulling for Kids Truck and Tractor Pull held by the Graves County Truck and Tractor Pullers Association, where, for the past 11 years, truck and tractor pullers have suited up, started their engines and pulled all to serve one mission—to help low-income families in Graves County put toys games, electronics and clothes under Christmas trees for their children.
In the past decade, the Pulling for Kids event has raised more than $300,000 to benefit the Community Christmas Connection, a joint effort sponsored by Family Resource and Youth Services Centers at Graves County Schools and Mayfield Independent Schools.
For Michelle Cox, the trip from her family’s hometown in Big Sandy, Tennessee to Murray, Kentucky takes an hour one way. Nearly 40 miles to and 40 more miles home, sometimes two, three or four times a week. It might be enough to deter some people, but not her.
Because this 80-mile drive gets Michelle to a place where she can watch her 28-year-old son Tyler do what he loves—play sports. And play sports he does…basketball and bowling, golf and soccer, swimming and softball, track and field—Tyler has participated in nearly every sport that the Murray Delegation of the Special Olympics has to offer him and other people in the region with intellectual disabilities.
In 2016, Kentucky ranked among the top five states for the highest rates of death due to drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In the same year, the Commonwealth’s Office of Vital Statistics reported 1,404 people died as a result of drug overdose. In McCracken County alone, the numbers hover around 20 deaths per year since 2012.
Now, another statistic to consider: For every one person that is granted admittance into the Paducah Lifeline Ministries and Ladies Living Free recovery program, four are turned away.
On a sunny summer day, there is much hustle and bustle in the house. The kids are preparing for a fun day out—a trip to see a movie and then to the park to play. The adults are helping the little ones pick out appropriate outfits to wear, combing hair, brushing teeth, and tying shoelaces.
When they return, tired and excited from the day’s activities, there is washing up for supper together, music lessons afterward for some and practicing sports for others.
It functions as much like a traditional family unit as possible: adults working tirelessly to show love to children, to mold and shape a next generation, to let kids be kids.