Whitley EMS challenges neighboring emergency services to Christmas Food Drive

Whitley County EMS is donating nonperishable food items tohelp local families while turning the donations into a friendly competition.

The EMS agency has officially challenged neighboring emergency services: Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County, Knox County EMS, PHI Air Medical London 1, and PHI 2 London, to see which one can donate the most food in a head-to-head Christmas Food Drive.

The winner with the most food gets bragging rights, while local families are provided with food for the holidays. It's a win-win situation!

"As the emergency services, we do our job to help people anyway, but to be able to branch out and do something a little extra this holiday season – that's nice too,” said EMT/Major Niki Ledford with Whitley County EMS.

Whitley County donors can bring their canned and nonperishable food items to the EMS Station One Base located at 994 Aviation Boulevard at the Williamsburg Airport.

Knox County or Laurel County food donors can call their local emergency services for donation locations.

The food drive has already begun this month, with a tentative deadline of Friday, December 16. The winner is also expected to be announced on that date.

“We all know, especially right now, that times are hard, and people are struggling,” Ledford said. “I hope that we can help families during the holidays and be able to provide them with a full belly.”

For more information, if you have any questions, or if your emergency agency would like to participate, call 606-539-0867 or email

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at The Kentucky Daily

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