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GoFundMe account set up for Blackjewel miners, families by Harlan County Community Action

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

An account has been established to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures.

The GoFundMe account was set up by Harlan County Community Action.

Around 1,100 employees were left unemployed across the Appalachian region, including many in eastern Kentucky, when the company declared bankrupty last week, according to Community Action Kentucky.

Miners received final paychecks on June 28, only to have them pulled from bank accounts on July 1. Many miners and their families have been left with negative bank account balances, unable to pay for basic needs.

Harlan County Community Action set up the GoFundMe account to directly help miners and their families meet immediate needs such as mortgage assistance, rent, utilities and food. All money donated is tax deductible and will go directly to impacted workers.

“Community Action agencies across this state serve as a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of people each and every year,” said Roger McCann, executive director of Community Action Kentucky. “Devastating events such as the Blackjewel mine closures exponentially increase the demand for Community Action services and the need for community partners, state and local officials and the community at large to come together to support our fellow Kentuckians in need.”

“Our hearts hurt for the miners and families that have been so suddenly thrown into a world of economic distress and uncertainty,” said Donna Pace, executive director of Harlan County Community Action. “We greatly appreciate the support of our Community Action community for helping us raise awareness about this time-sensitive crisis. Even more though, we are grateful for those that have donated or will donate, helping to ease the financial burden thrust upon those directly affected by this massive loss of jobs.”

To donate to the GoFundMe account, click here.

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