Heal the Heartland: How to assist tornado victims

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Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 9:26 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2021 at 12:03 PM EST
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How You Can Help Tornado Victims

WVLT News is working to help Heal the Heartland. Here's how you can assist those devastated by the recent deadly tornado outbreak:

Posted by WVLT on Monday, December 13, 2021

The Salvation Army has created a text campaign for those who would like to assist those devastated by the recent deadly tornado outbreak that was seen in multiple states.

WVLT News is working to help Heal the Heartland.

If you would like to donate, text ‘HLTORNADO’ to 51555.

Message and data rates may apply. For more details, click here.

All of the money raised will be used in the areas impacted by the tornadoes across the Heartland, including Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Other ways you can assist:

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross and its partners are working around the clock to help those in need and ensure everyone has a safe place to stay, food to eat, critical relief supplies, emotional support, and comfort.

Volunteer: Volunteers can assist those impacted in several states and can sign up on the Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) website.

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund: Governor Beshear has established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the tornados. All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.

Kentucky Blood Center: Giving blood is an opportunity to give to the community in a very real way. Even though the process is simple and doesn’t require much time, people in those communities still need regular blood donors. Visit their website for more information about donating blood to those in need.

KEDC (Kentucky Education Development Corporation): They are assisting by stuffing buses and vans with toys, water, etc., for the Western Ky. tornado victims. They are collecting donations all week and hope to deliver their collections on Monday, the 20th. Starting Monday through Friday of next week, KEDC is accepting donations at their Ashland office (904 Rose Road, Ashland) and Lexington Office (118 James Court Ste 60).

Kentucky Branded: The local clothing shop recently released a new shirt for sale on their website that will have 100% of the net proceeds being donated to affected communities in Western Kentucky.

Shop Local: They immediately went into action this morning and created new Kentucky Strong shirts to raise funds for those affected by the tornadoes. They will be donating 100% of the net proceeds from these tees to the State of Kentucky’s Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund (still being established) to help those affected directly.

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief: More than 2,500 individuals are trained as Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief workers. Volunteers can staff feeding units designed to deliver thousands of hot meals on short notice; move in with chainsaws to help remove debris; do the dirty work of helping families remove mud from flooded homes, and provide many other disaster relief services. They are currently taking donations towards disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Western Kentucky tornadoes.

Davis H. Elliot: The company has mobilized utility line workers from across their operating area to assist in restoring power to those impacted by the events of last night. They are prepared to aid in the recovery efforts and help return the affected communities to a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office: They will be accepting items to help the citizens of Mayfield/Graves County, who are displaced and suffering from last night’s tornadoes. Any items should be non-perishable and/or unused. Donations will be accepted by the end of this Thursday, the 16th and delivered on Friday. Any cash donations made will be given to the Graves County Sheriff, who will distribute them as needed. All donations should be delivered to the Sheriff’s office between Monday and Thursday (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Mayfield Police Department: They’re currently taking donations, which can be dropped off at Northside Baptist Church (611 W Lockridge St). Items that are needed include men’s/women’s/children’s clothing, coats/sweatshirts/jackets, socks, underwear, cleaning supplies and hygiene items.

Winchester Police Department: They will be collecting items to be taken to hard-hit areas in Western Kentucky. Any items will be accepted, but the main things needed will be water, non-perishable food, and cleaning supplies. All items can be dropped off by Monday evening at Winchester PD (16 S. Maple Street).

Georgetown Fire Department: They are now working with Emergency Management to gather resources, and we plan to provide more assistance as needed. They are also collecting donations at all 3 of their locations. Please keep those affected by this devastation in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the emergency responders as they provide help.

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