How to Help Victims of the Deadly December Tornadoes in Western KY
Last night's storms yielded Western Kentucky with copious amounts of damage from high winds and tornadoes.
Dawn's light brought forth gut-wrenching videos from the hard-hit Mayfield, KY, and new videos and photos from other hard-hit areas around Western Kentucky are coming in now. They will bring you to tears.
But morning also brought forth something more powerful than any storm - the goodness and determination of the people of the Midwest to save, to help, and to rebuild.
Governor Andy Beshear said in a briefing that he requested an immediate Federal Emergency Declaration. He also activated the National Guard - they are arriving in the state this morning. Currently, emergency services and search and rescue teams are hard at work recovering victims of the deadly storms.
How to Volunteer for KY Tornado Victims
Kentucky State Police have set up a hotline for those who want to volunteer or donate. Volunteers are asked to call 270-331-1979. You can also reach out to Kentucky Emergency Management or a specific county's emergency management office.
How Do I Give to the Victims of the Deadly Dec 10 Tornadoes?
Remember to ONLY give to reputable organizations. Scammers prey on these types of situations. We'll be here to provide you with as many legitimate ways to help as we can.
The American Red Cross
Please consider donating blood and financial support to the American Red Cross of Western KY which covers Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Graves, Hancock, Hardin (IL), Hickman, Hopkins, Johnson (IL), Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Massac (IL), McCracken, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pope (IL), Pulaski (IL) and Trigg counties.
Kentucky State Police
Donations are being accepted at CFSB in Mayfield (100 Dick Castleman Bypass Mayfield, KY), or call 270-727-5114.
Kentucky State Police have also set up a hotline for those who want to volunteer or donate. Volunteers are asked to call 270-331-1979.
Team Western KY Tornado Relief Fund
If you would like to make a donation, Governor Andy Beshear has established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund. Donations will assist those impacted by the tornadoes and severe weather. https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief
Love the 812 in Newburgh/Chandler
Love the 812 will be collecting water, snacks, toiletries, diapers, and other supplies on Sunday from 8-1 at The Refuge Christian Church on the corner of Bell and Telephone Rd in Chandler and throughout the week. Love the 812 will collect through Wednesday, but drop off times TBA.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is responding with relief supplies, including tarps, food, water, cleanup supplies, and other necessities. We will continue to post updates here. Join us in our response by donating here.
Goodwill Industries at Schnuck's Newburgh
Donations are being accepted at the Goodwill box truck in the Schnuck's parking lot in Newburgh.
McKims IGA in Mt. Vernon, IN
When we were asked if we could put a 53' trailer in our parking lot to collect items for those affected by the tornadoes last week, our response was, DUH, of course we would allow that lol. BUT we don't want to stop there. After some discussion with my dad and brothers, we decided that MCKIMS IGA will be DONATING $1000 of groceries to be put on the trailer. On top of that, I personally, will be buying groceries with the birthday money I received yesterday. There is no better gift than helping others! The trailer will be open 11a-1p and again from 3:30p-7 from Tuesday until Friday. If you can't, make it between those times, just drop off your donations at the IGA office and we will make sure it gets to where it needs to be. THANK YOU, WSI/ITS/ILS, for asking us to be a part of these relief efforts alongside you!! -Brian Williams
All Hands & Hearts Disaster Relief
All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) is an international disaster relief organization deploying its unrivaled disaster response team to the area to assess the situation, understand where the organization and its global community of volunteers can help residents and the community clean up and recover. Support response, relief, and recovery by volunteering or donating:
- Volunteer applications are available here for those who want to register their interest or be kept up to date on volunteer opportunities in response to the tornadoes.
- Donations can be made here to assist in Kentucky relief and recovery efforts.
Joyce Meyer Hand of Hope in Partnership with Relevant Church of Paducah KY
Last night, our community was forever changed. Our hearts are heavy and are with the city of Mayfield. As we work to set up relief efforts, coming together to offer help and hope for this community, we want to offer our fellow ARC churches, local churches, and anyone who would like a way to extend help. If you would like to give to aid in these efforts, you can give here -or- you can text amount to 84321 with the word ‘Mayfield’. 100% percent of the funds will be used in these efforts.
We are asking for your help to fill a 26ft truck with supplies that are desperately needed to help these families get on the road to recovery!
Items needed are:
- Bottled Water
- Non Perishable Food Items
- Hygiene Products
- Cleaning Supplies
- Paper Products
- Trash Bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Pet Supplies
- Rain Ponchos
- First Aide kits
- Plastic Totes and Lids
- Rakes, Shovels, and Brooms
- Duct tape
Drop all items at any Liquor Locker or to the Penske truck at our Riverside location on or before December 17th at 10am when the truck will leave for Dawson Springs. Please help us to fill this truck with as many items as possible -- call 270-860-6626 with any questions!