Justin Hedden lives in Kentucky with his wife and son, but knows all too well about the situation Long Valley is in.
Hedden's family still resides in town, and as of Friday morning was still in the dark. All Hedden wants to do, he said, was make it home in time to see his family for Thanksgiving.
Hedden hasn't been able to spend many holidays with his family in recent years, as he spent time in the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq as in Infantry Mortarman.
Hedden was honorably discharged in January this year and is now attending Eastern Kentucky University. Along with coming home for Thanksgiving to see his family, he's also looking to help those devastated by the storm.
"Through my program at EKU I am working on setting up a food/donation drive with anyone who wishes to donate anything possible and will be bringing all that I can get with me to Long Valley for the weekend after Thanksgiving," Hedden said in an email to Long Valley Patch. "Just trying to help as much as I can."
Attached to this article are clips from Hedden speaking with local news crews in Kentucky.