Dozens of people are dead in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri after a devastating storm system on December 11.
Relief efforts have turned to repairing the power grid, sheltering those whose homes were destroyed, and delivering drinking water and other supplies.
Kentucky officials warned that residents could be without heat, water or electricity in frigid temperatures for weeks or longer.
News 19 has compiled a list of relief efforts that you can choose to support during these tough times. If you know of a relief effort, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
American Red Cross
Nexstar is partnering with the American Red Cross to raise disaster relief funds for those impacted by these storms. If you’d like to make a donation, you can follow this link.
Convoy of Hope
Members of Convoy of Hope have been working with local churches and government officials to send loads of relief supplies from their World Distribution Center to assist residents as they start to recover. Find out more about Convoy’s relief efforts here:
GoFundMe has made a list of verified fundraisers for people affected by the Midwest and Southern tornado outbreak. Find the full list here:
Local Tornado Relief Efforts
DeKalb County is holding a county-wide toy and gift donation drive for the families devastated by last weekend’s tornadoes in western Kentucky. Find out more about how to donate here:
A Hazel Green family is collecting supplies to take to Kentucky. Here is how to help:
You can drop off donations to the Caring Heart Thrift Store at 165 North Main Street in Arab. Two separate trips to Kentucky are planned to drop off the donations: one Thursday, December 16 and one Thursday, December 23.
Decatur Church of Christ volunteers are in Kentucky assisting with relief efforts. If you would like to help their mission, the church is accepting monetary donations that can be made using Paypal. Checks can also be mailed to: 2833 Danville Road, Decatur, Alabama 35603. Make checks payable to Decatur Church of Christ and memo Project Unify.
The First Christian Church in Decatur is also collecting donations of bottled water, diapers, blankets, work gloves, snacks, crackers, hygiene items, toiletries, pet supplies, tarps, etc. The donations can be brought to the church at 1701 Carridale Street Southwest, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The supplies will then be driven up to Kentucky on Thursday.
Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund
The Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund has been set up at One Bank of Tennessee. Anyone wishing to donate can mail a donation to: One Bank of TN, C/O Mayfield Tornado Relief Fund – 140 S. Jefferson Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501
Salvation Army Disaster Relief
The Salvation Army provides food, drinks, shelter, and other emergency services to survivors and rescue workers during disasters. Find out more on how to donate here:
Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund
Gov. Andy Beshear has established a fund to assist tornado victims and begin rebuilding. Donate by clicking here or by sending a check to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero St., 218 NC, Frankfort, KY 40601.
United Way Kentucky
The United Way’s Kentucky branch set up a donation fund for the state’s victims.