CADIZ, Ky. — Families living at the temporary shelters after the tornadoes received some extra special gifts on Thursday. 

What You Need To Know

  • Families picked out toy from the toy collection

  • Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Britainy Beshear visited with families taking shelter

  • At least 600 Kentuckians remain displaced

  • One family shares their story of how they lost their home in Dawson Springs


Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Britainy Beshear visited and distributed toys to families. The distribution was part of the collection that began about a week ago.

Gov. Andy Beshear, (left) hugs Logan Brown (right) at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park Convention Center. Logan had just told Beshear about the loss of their baby at the hospital. (Spectrum News 1/Khyati Patel)

"We're still in survival mode at the moment but until then we're still going to smile. I mean, can't do nothing else but do that," said Logan Brown, who use to rent a home in Dawson Springs.

Brown, his wife, and two kids are making the best of their Christmas holiday.

"We found this one (pointing at a Christmas tree) at the Dollar store right down the street. It was a day or two after we got here and we just got tired of staring at the hotel room and not feeling any Christmas spirit. I couldn’t do it no more so $25 buck dollar store pre-lit couldn’t ask for anything better and it brighten up the spirits," Brown said.

Tornadoes took their home in Dawson Springs. They were not home at the time, rather, at the hospital while a 7-month pregnant wife tried to keep their little baby alive. Unfortunately, their baby died of health issues.

"The hardest part is finding somewhere to go. It really is," Brown said.

They’re staying for now at one of the rooms at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

Logan Brown spoke to Gov. Beshear about the loss of their home in Dawson Springs. (Spectrum News 1/Khyati Patel)

Throughout the morning hours, Thursday, families strolled in at the convention center to pick out gifts with help from the Beshear family. The collection from the first lady Britainy Beshear’s Western Kentucky Toy Drive was distributed at shelters in the region.

"It was not just their Christmas presents that were lost, it was everything. And as a parent trying to wrap your mind around everything that your kids have just been through. I'm glad I could help them bring a little joy to their kids this Christmas," Britainy said.

For the Browns, their path may not be straight to rebuild just yet, they're focused on the generosity of the community.

"It's just a big giant fog is what it feels like because you know everything you got to do and you know the process and the steps on how to do it, but there's no clear direction there's no clear path it's just, you see, and you can see the fork and then it's just mist," Brown said.

Gov. Beshear reports 600 Kentuckians and 169 first responders are receiving housing and food services at Kentucky State Parks.