HAZARD — A Hindman native returned to Hazard to drop off donated luggage for foster children. This was his third trip to Hazard, but his first time dropping off donations at NECCO.
Don Pratt, a current resident of Lexington, has made it his mission to ensure foster children have proper luggage for when they move into their new homes.
He has been a foster parent for more than 30 years. Pratt said he noticed the embarrassment foster children had when they moved their clothes in garbage bags. He vowed to do something. Pratt serves 116 counties in Kentucky.
Pratt said he has been donating luggage for around 15 years.
He collects the donated luggage at his home in Lexington. Once his living room is full of luggage, he finds out which county needs the luggage the most.
“I got where I am needed,” said Pratt.
Though this is his third trip to Hazard, it is the first time he donated luggage to NECCO. Pratt said private companies tend to expect the donated luggage more quickly than government organizations.
Pratt hauled two loads of luggage and duffel bags. One for NECCO and the other for Kentucky Cabinet For Health and Family Services.
“I will continue to do this until I physically can’t,” Pratt said.
If you have any unused old luggage, Pratt encourages you to call him at 859-552-2235 and he can set up a date and time to collect the luggage.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached