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Update: Here’s how you can help tornado victims

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Liam Niemeyer
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Communities are scrambling to assess the damage after one of the worst tornado events in state history swept across western Kentucky over the weekend.

Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning. On Monday, he said 64 people are confirmed dead. And there are over 100 people still missing.

More than 30 tornadoes have been reported in at least six states, spanning more than 200 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky. Tens of thousands of Kentuckians remain without power and many are without shelter.

As search and rescue efforts continue in impacted counties, here’s how you can help:

Donate to disaster relief funds

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

Kentucky Red Cross: 

  • Donate online here
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
  • To donate by phone via credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)

Verified GoFundMe pages created by community members and organizations in need

His House Ministries (Mayfield, Ky)

United Way of Kentucky

Disaster Relief At Work

Convoy of Hope

Aspire Appalachia

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief

Shop Local Kentucky – purchase a “Kentucky Strong” T-shirt and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

The Lee Initiative

Mayfield-Graves County United Way

Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Relevant Church (Mayfield, KY)

Rise and Shine (Bowling Green, KY)

Global Giving Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort

Lutheran Disaster Response

Water with Blessings – Text WATER4SURVIVORS to 41444

Kentucky Counseling Center

 

Donate blood

Kentucky Red Cross: Find your local blood bank here

Kentucky Blood Center: Find a drive here

Blood Assurance: Schedule and appointment here

 

Donate clothes, blankets, food, water and other supplies 

*Suggested donations include gas, generators, storage bins/totes, space heaters, lash lights, head lamps, batteries, propane tanks, utility gloves, phone chargers, gas cans, socks, undergarments, blankets, coats, warm clothes, shoes, toiletries, paper towels, plastic utensils, paper plates, feminine hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, wipes, water, snacks, non-perishable foods.

The Salvation Army Kentucky/Tennessee Division

Dare to Care Food Bank

Ronald McDonald House Charities, 550 South First Street, Louisville, KY and 1300 Sports Center Dr, Lexington, KY (collecting donations through Dec. 17)

Northside Baptist Church, 611 W Lockridge St, Mayfield, KY

Fairview Baptist Church, 701 West Water Street, Mayfield, KY

Redemption City Church, 104 Railroad Ave., Dawson Springs KY, 270-425-4310

Dawson Spring High School, 317 Eli St, Dawson Springs, KY 42408

Mount Zion Baptist Church, 175 Graham Dr., Bowling Green, KY

Eleventh St Baptist Church, 1035 Kenton ST. Bowling Green, KY (collecting from Sunday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 15)

State Street Baptist Church, 340 State St. Bowling Green, KY (collecting from Sunday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 17)

Next Level Church, 1405 Veterans Memorial ln., Bowling Green, KY (accepting donations Tuesday, Dec. 14 through Thursday, Dec. 16,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service, 2025 New Holt rd., Paducah, KY 42001 (Accepting backpacks and toys through Dec. 20, will deliver to children of western KY for Christmas)

The Johnson Bar, 133 S. 3rd St. Paducah, KY. 42001 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12)

First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway St, Paducah, KY, 270-442-2728

Dry Ground Brewing Company, 3121 Broadway St, Paducah, KY 42001

Paducah Beer Werks, 301 N 4th St, Paducah, KY 42001

Lone Oak Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003

Community Kitchen, 1237 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Paducah, KY

Hancock’s of Paducah, 3841 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, KY (accepting donations of clean quilts and blankets, Tuesday, Dec. 14 through Friday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. to 5pm, and Saturday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Barrel & Bond, 100 Broadway Paducah, KY 42001

Stepstone Family and Youth Services, 78 Caky Dr, Benton, KY, 270-527-8388

Marshall County Exceptional Center, 198 Old Symsonia Rd, Benton, KY, 270-252-6530 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Sunday, Dec. 12 – Friday, Dec. 17)

Central Elementary School, 115 Jim Goheen Road Benton, KY 42025 (accepting donations on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Jefferson County Public Schools, VanHoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40218 (accepting donations from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m through Friday)

Veteran’s Club Inc., 9419 Seatonville rd. at Fern Creek Christian Church, Louisville, KY 40291

Four Pegs Smokehouse and Bar, 1053 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217

Six Forks Burger Company, 1039 Ash St. Louisville, KY 40217, (Saturday, Dec. 11 through Monday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Roebling Point Books, 601 Overton Street, Newport, KY 41071

Newport Fire Department, 998 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071

Walnut Grove Baptist Church, 2941 Highland Lick Rd, Russellville, KY

Akridge Farm Supply, 724 Fairview Ave, Eddyville, KY 42038, 270-388-2910 – Looking specifically for tarps and gas cans

Cave City Community Center (Senior Center),  105 Duke St, Cave City, KY 42127

Jamestown City Park Batting Cages, 123 Park Ave, Jamestown, KY 42629 (drop off from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday through Thursday)

Russell Springs City Hall, 487 Main Street, Russell Springs, KY 42642 (drop off from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday)

St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 20 KY-339, Fancy Farm, KY 42039

Calvert City Civic Center, 991 5th Ave SE, Calvert City, KY 42029 (Drop off until 5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 11 and Sunday Dec. 12)

Water drive at Pritchard Community Center, 404 S Mulberry St, Elizabethtown, KY 42701 (need cases of bottled water)

Felix Martin Hall, 501 W. Everly Brothers Blvd., Greenville, KY. 42345

Kentucky Education Development Corporation, Ashland office (904 Rose Road) and Lexington Office (118 James Court Ste 60)

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, 208 South Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

Winchester Police Department, 16 S. Maple Street, Winchester, KY (accepting donations until Monday evening)

Georgetown Fire Department, 101 Jacobs Drive, Georgetown, KY (accepting donations all week)

Clarksville Town Hall, 2000 Broadway Street, Clarksville, IN, (accepting donation Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Hope 2 All Food Pantry, 307 W. Mose Rager Blvd. Drakesboro, KY 42337

Henderson County Schools/Henderson Police Department, 735 N. Elm St., Henderson, KY (will fill a bus to deliver to Dawson Springs, can drop off 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Oh Sew Sweet Boutique, 210 East Arch Street, Madisonville, Ky.

Green River Distilling Co., 10 Distillery Rd., Owensboro, KY, 42301 (accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 17)

 

Volunteer

***Advisory: Please avoid obstructing search and rescue efforts by calling/checking-in beforehand***

Kentucky Emergency Management – Fill out the volunteer/donate link here

Kentucky Red Cross

Catalyst Church, 114 Kings Dr., Mayfield, KY, (270) 356-1191

South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, 270-467-7500

Bremen Volunteer Fire Department, 51 College St., Bremen, KY 42325, 270-525-6002

Lone Oak Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003

Bowling Green Community Action Center, 171 Center St, Bowling Green, KY, 270-782-4437

Gasper Brewing Company, 302 State Street, Bowling Green, KY. – need volunteers to serve food

Mayfield City Hall, 211 E. Broadway, Mayfield, KY – Volunteers needed with drills

Marshall County High School, 416 High School Rd. Benton, KY 42025 (volunteers will be shuttled to impacted areas starting at 7 a.m. daily.)

Kentucky Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

God’s Pit Crew – Crisis Response Team

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

Covenant Community Church, 1055 North Main Street, Madisonville, KY, 270-821-2000

Mercy Chefs – Mayfield, KY Tornado Response (shifts available throughout the week)

Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

Kentucky Tornado Relief Initiative by Senate candidate Charles Booker

Eight Days of Hope – Rapid Response Event (Mayfield, KY)

 

Support pets/stray animals in need

The Humane Society Animal Rescue & Response Team

Kentucky Humane Society

Foster a pet or donate to these local shelters:

Ceglinski Animal Clinic, 5401 Blandville Rd., Paducah, KY, 270-554-0171 (offering free housing for displaced pets)

River Retriever Kennels LLC, 5796 Old Mayfield Rd., Paducah, KY, 270-556-4433 (offering housing for displaced pets)

Marcus Rushing, 224 Hughes Rd., Wickliffe, KY,  985-605-4068 (has pasture and barn for cattle/horses, free of charge to victims of the tornadoes)

Mociso Farms Livestock Sanctuary & Rescue Ltd., 595 Osborne Rd. Ekron, Ky. (drop off pet supplies, food and any other items for disaster relief from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 

Refer community members in distress to these help lines

SAMHSA – Call or text 1-800-985-5990

 

Report Price Gouging

It’s illegal for retailers to bump up the prices of certain things during an emergency. If you see it happening you can report it online or call 1-888-432-9257. Per the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, goods and services in this prohibition include: consumer food items; goods or services used for emergency cleanup; emergency supplies; medical supplies; home heating oil; building materials; housing; transportation, freight, and storage services; and gasoline or other motor fuels.

 

This is an evolving list of ways that community members can help in the disaster relief effort. This post will be updated. Contact Jasmine Demers at jdemers@kycir.org with suggested additions.

 

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