Kentuckians are generous in a crisis, and this weekend was no different as people statewide asked how they could support those affected by devastating tornadoes.
Officials in several counties say the best thing people can do is keep roads clear as emergency responders continue clearing debris and assessing damage.
But nonprofits and community members have already begun collecting donations for families who’ve lost their homes and everything in them, through funds such as the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
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Below is a list of ways to help.
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Donate relief funds
Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
Gov. Andy Beshear has established a fund to assist tornado victims and begin rebuilding. Donate at secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief or by sending a check to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero St., 218 NC, Frankfort, KY 40601.
American Red Cross
Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.
Send donations to email@example.com or PO Box 1255, Jackson, KY 41339.
The nonprofit based in Atlanta is partnering with Louisville’s Change Today, Change Tomorrow to distribute food, water and cash vouchers to affected families. Donate to the tornado relief fund here.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Donate to tornado relief at elca.org.
Global Empowerment Mission
The disaster relief nonprofit based in Miami is sending trucks of supplies to western Kentucky, in partnership with Racing Louisville and Louisville City Football Club. Donate funds at globalempowermentmission.org/mission/kentucky-tornadoes/.
The D.C.-based nonprofit has established a Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund at globalgiving.org/projects/midwest-tornado-relief-fund/.
Kentucky Counseling Center
The organization is collecting donations that counselors and social workers in Graves County will distribute to affected families. Donate at kentuckycounselingcenter.com/mayfield-fund/.
Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine has established a GoFundMe page collecting donations at gofundme.com/f/ukcom-student-effort-for-tornado-relief-in-ky.
Kentucky Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters
Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief
Mayfield-Graves County United Way has set up a GoFundMe to collect donations at gofundme.com/f/mayfield-graves-county-tornado-relief. Find other verified fundraisers at gofundme.com/c/act/tornado-outbreak-fundraisers.
Marshall County Fund
The Marshall County Nonprofit Foundation has established a Venmo account to take funds at @MCNPF.
The nonprofit that serves meals following natural disasters has set up at His House Ministries, 1250 KY-303, Mayfield, Kentucky, and will distribute food over the next few days. Donate funds at https://mercychefs.com/donation.
The church in Mayfield, Kentucky, is taking donations for a tornado relief fund at wearerelevant.churchcenter.com/giving/to/mayfield-tornado-relief.
Rise and Shine
The mutual aid group in Bowling Green is taking donations through Venmo at @riseandshinebgky.
Visit helpsalvationarmy.org and donate to the Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief Fundraiser on Facebook.
United Way of Kentucky
The agency has set up a donation site specifically for tornado victims. Visit uwky.org/tornado.
Western KY Tornado Victims
Bremen resident Courtney Cozee has established a GoFundMe at gofundme.com/f/western-ky-tornado-vitamins.
Western Kentucky Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundraiser
Find the online fundraiser on Facebook.
Green River Distillery
Owensboro residents who want to donate supplies can take them to Green River Distillery, 10 Distillery Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Most needed items include water, baby formula, diapers, sanitizing wipes, sanitizer, gloves and trash bags.
Jefferson County Public Schools
The largest school district in the state is holding a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect donations for western Kentucky residents. Drop off donations in front of the VanHoose Education Building, 3332 Newburg Road, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day this week.
Lyon County Courthouse
People with supplies to donate in Lyon County can drop them off at the courthouse, 500 W. Dale Ave., Eddyville. Officials are requesting trash bags, coffee, disinfectant wipes, work gloves, safety glasses and gift cards.
Marshall County Tornado Disaster Relief
Call 270-703-2706 or 270-252-6530 to donate food, water, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other items.
Veteran’s Club Inc.
Veteran’s Club Inc. will be collecting donations to send to Western Kentucky from noon to 7 p.m. Monday at Fern Creek Christian Church, 9419 Seatonville Road.
Suggested donations include “water, medical supplies, non-perishable food, heaters, warm clothing, large tents and pet food.”
Donations will be transported to Mayfield.
Clayton & Crume
The leather goods company, which began a decade ago in a Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, is accepting donations via its website to support people and organizations in Bowling Green that need assistance.
Green River Distillery
The Green River Distillery in Owensboro is serving as a drop off point starting at 10 a.m. Monday for locals looking for ways to help support tornado relief efforts in Western Kentucky.
The supplies needed first are as follows: Water, crackers, cookies, baby formula, diapers, sanitizing wipes, mouthwash, sanitizer, gloves and trash bags.
Green River will also accept toy donations for those affected “to bring some joy during such devastation,” the distillery said.
The LEE Initiative
The LEE Initiative has pledged and spent $15,000 on food to be served early this week from local food trucks and said planning is underway for “relief and holiday meals / toys as all of the people who lost homes will be in shelters through the holidays.”
Visit leeinitiative.kindful.com to donate.
Bremen Fire Department
People interested in volunteering in Muhlenberg County can go to the Bremen Fire Department at 51 College St.
Kentucky Tornado Relief Effort
An initiative from Senate candidate Charles Booker is seeking people to make wellness calls, set up a water distribution tent, provide financial support and donate food and supplies. Visit charlesbooker.org/relief/.
The national nonprofit is organizing volunteers at South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Road, Bowling Green. Call 270-467-7500 if interested in joining.
Eight Days of Hope
The Mississippi-based nonprofit is organizing volunteers and collecting donations at its website, eightdaysofhope.com.
The group collects blood donations across the South and has planned several donations sites in Bowling Green. Schedule an appointment at bloodassurance.org/schedule.
Kentucky Blood Center
The blood bank located in Lexington allows people to schedule donations at kybloodcenter.org/.
Red Cross Blood
Find nearby locations to donate at redcrossblood.org/.
UK Coach John Calipari said after his team’s Saturday game the program would organize a telethon to benefit tornado victims. More details were not immediately available.
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