Cranks Creek KY.
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Clay City, KY

#1 Mar 26, 2012
This is how others see this place.

Aparently some big flood took out our houses and left most of us homless.

This is the story that gets shared around the world.

Prestonsburg, KY

#2 Mar 30, 2012
The last big flood in cranks was in 1977
lives there

Gwynneville, IN

#3 Mar 30, 2012
Cranks is a wonderful place to live
old cranks man

Jackson, KY

#4 Mar 30, 2012
is this a joke i have been in cranks for 60 years and we had a big flood in1963 and one in 1977 and that was the big floos ,so who is lieing about the flood and starving and dieing no one died in cranks in eather flood and no one is starving so who ever starts wanting to give to help find out who you are realey helping i think i know but just make shore you are not paying for another new home or truck that is got nothing to do with a dam flood,come on you all out of towners have been used like a bunch of blind monkeys so stop it wake the hell up.

United States

#5 Mar 30, 2012
Just more Christians trying to get money to stick in their pockets by claiming to help the poor desperate hillbilluies!

Brownsville, TN

#6 Apr 2, 2012
looks like cranks creek survival center ...

Clarksville, TN

#7 Apr 2, 2012
ever notice how jealous some of the preachers in harlan are of each other

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#8 Apr 6, 2012
Cranks Creek Survival Center help themselves more than others.

Baxter, KY

#9 Apr 6, 2012
Dont they charge for what they give away ?
Just wondering

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Apr 9, 2012
Does anyone know who is opening the new store in Cawood, close to the post office?

Harlan, KY

#11 Apr 11, 2012
the survival center sales what they are supposed to be giving away and then the houses these groups come in here and build that are supposed to be for people in need is all given to their kids and grandkids and when someone not related is let move into one they are charged so much rent they can't afford to stay long so the only ones surviving off the center are the Simpsons and they go around acting like they are broke all the time

Hazard, KY

#12 Apr 11, 2012
Just wondering wrote:
Does anyone know who is opening the new store in Cawood, close to the post office?
i think its joe bennet
the s

Macon, GA

#13 Apr 11, 2012
just a word to the people of this thread stop your big mouths it is nothing to you all so shut the hell up its what we do is help others so stop it.

Nerinx, KY

#14 Apr 11, 2012
thats a good "christian" attitude to have, now isn't it? I assume that's what Jesus would say.

Macon, GA

#15 Apr 11, 2012
jesus would nOt say that and he woukd give to the poor and it would be free not pay for what was give to you to give to the poor,SAD SAD SAD.

Taylorsville, KY

#16 May 4, 2012
Becky Simpson's earliest memory is of the night her little brother died in the early 1940s.
The 18-month-old boy had pneumonia, but the nearest doctor lived six miles from their small Cranks Creek home, and the only way her father could get there was to ride a horse across a mountain in a thunderstorm.
He'd go when the storm let up, her father kept saying. But it didn't let up.
Even though she was only 5, "I told myself then I wouldn't stand by and watch another person die without doing something," said Simpson, whose family was so poor they lived in a hand-built cabin with visible cracks in the timbers.
Sixty-four years later, Simpson and her husband, Bobby, run the nonprofit Cranks Creek Survival Center in Harlan County, which provides food, clothing, home repairs and other assistance to needy mountain residents. It's one of several small-scale efforts to attack the enormous problem of poverty in Appalachia.
In the late 1970s, the Simpsons fought against flooding problems that they believed were compounded by silt from strip mines. Becky Simpson and others testified before Congress, and eventually the Office of Surface Mining in Washington ordered the creeks and rivers dredged and the mine sites reclaimed. Since then, the Simpsons have continued their broader efforts.
With the help of about 1,200 volunteers a year, including groups of college students, the Simpsons do home repairs, build ramps for disabled people and deliver food, clothing and other supplies. They get their money from donations by individuals, churches and schools.
Volunteers stay in two makeshift dormitories on the survival center's property and eat in a communal dining room, where names and hometowns are etched into the tables. The Simpsons live in a house a few steps away.
Although the center has no religious affiliation, messages such as "Jesus Loves You" are scrawled on the outside of one of the buildings and Bobby Simpson often wears a T-shirt emblazoned with the words: "For God's sake, DO something."
Both in their late 60s, with six children and 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the Simpsons refuse to slow down. Bobby Simpson, 68, is legally blind, but he still knows the way to the homes of those he helps. He also travels across the nation with volunteers to pick up donations.
On a weekday afternoon, he and a friend visited a small trailer in Harlan County, where volunteers recently fixed a rotted-out floor. The resident, who lives there with her adult son, showed the men that there were still problems, including a leaky door and window.
"I have it hard sometimes," the resident said, her eyes downcast. "If it wasn't for Bobby "
Another resident of Harlan County, who uses a wheelchair because of back problems, also got help from the Simpsons. About six years ago, center volunteers built him a ramp.
"That ramp was a lifesaver," said the resident. "Bobby's helped everybody around here."
The Simpsons don't keep count of how many people they serve, but estimate it's about 1,000 a year. They come from all over Eastern Kentucky, including Harlan, Leslie, Bell, Letcher and Lee counties, as well as Virginia and Tennessee.
Other Kentucky residents also try to help those in need.
John and Bonnie Wade of nearby Breathitt County, for example, run High Top Ministries, which on a smaller scale provides food, clothes and rides to doctors' appointments.
The Simpsons and the Wades said they realize they will never solve the problems of poverty on their own, but nonetheless plan to keep doing what they can.
"God's blessed us," Becky Simpson said. "I hope I can do this as long as I live. It's like my little old dream turned into a miracle."

Harlan, KY

#17 May 4, 2012
you must be one of the many relatives that live in one of the many free houses they have had the countless volunteers build over the years, they have helped some people but it has never been for nothing and to call them a nonprofit is a joke go to the center any given Thursday and see how much people are pay the Simpsons for clothing and other items that have been donated for then to give away but yet they are selling it instead and then you will see what the truth is

Nerinx, KY

#18 May 4, 2012
This is a joke natural disaster and no one lost there job some people lost more stupid law the young folks wouldnt understand, cranks didn't take hand downs that's whats wrong with our society have a great week
Helen -Hubert Lamb

Fayetteville, NC

#19 Mar 7, 2013
We just returned from visiting Cranks Creek had a nice visit with The Simpson 's , I don't think you could find anyone who helps more than they do, they're wonderful loving caring people.
cranks creek sad sad sad

Clay City, KY

#20 Mar 8, 2013
helen/hubert l,now tell just how many have died or how many of homes was washed away now befor you start talking i have lived in cranks creek for 65 years and none of what beck s is saying is true people stop this bunch frome getting rich from a bunch of lies.

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