As many of you are already aware, there was total devastation in Western Kentucky a few nights ago where it would appear the town was completely destroyed. Many lost everything in these storms and this was just one town. If you are feeling led to give after this tragedy, here are some organizations accepting donations.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a historic quad-state weather system rolled through much of Western Kentucky Friday night, multiple tornadoes left widespread damage and many lives were lost.
The hardest-hit place was in Graves County, where Governor Andy Beshear said that the city of Mayfield had been “devastated.”
“The level of devastation is unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” Beshear said in a noon press conference. “This will be, I believe, the deadliest tornado system to have ever run through Kentucky.”
Here’s how you can help:
American Red Cross
The Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross serves many of the counties affected by the severe weather that rolled through Friday night.
The American Red Crossis making it easy to send a quick $10 donation simply by texting “REDCROSS” addressed to the number, 90999. Other donations can be made by calling 800-733-2767 or visiting redcross.org online. Other information, including suggestions on how to find someone affected by the storm, can be found here.
To donate or find a blood donation site near you, visit their website.
Western Kentucky Relief Fund
During a Saturday afternoon press briefing, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said that his office created a relief fund people could donate to.
The funds will be distributed to those in Western Kentucky who need it most.
All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.
For more information and to donate, visit their website.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian group. Starting Sunday the group plans to begin shipping relief supplies to churches in Kentucky. Besides food and emergency kits, the supplies will include heaters, blankets, solar lights and mini-refrigerators. Donations to help support those efforts can be made here.
Samaritan Purse is a humanitarian group. The organization said it sent disaster response teams to Mayfield, Kentucky, and Monette, Arkansas, while other teams started to head to the devastation in Tennessee and Illinois. A tractor-trailer stocked with tools and equipment departed from Texas, according to the group, with more help on the way from North Carolina when weather allows. Donations can be made here.