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How to Support Kentucky Tornado Victims

Places to donate, volunteer, & more.

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From Friday, Dec. 10, into Saturday, Dec. 11, several Midwestern states were struck with severe weather causing devastating damage. CNN reports that at least 50 tornadoes occurred across eight states, with the most fatal damage occurring in Kentucky.

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed at least 64 deaths, with fatalities likely to rise. As families face devastating loss, many organizations have stepped up to raise funds and supplies for Kentucky community members. Here’s how to help Kentucky tornado victims.

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Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

A fund set up by Gov. Beshear, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is “solely dedicated to the on-the-ground efforts.” The Washington Post reports that the fund will also give victims’ families $5,000 for burial expenses.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is currently assessing the needs of Kentucky victims and providing critical relief resources. You can donate to the Red Cross’s efforts on their website, or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.

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What’s more, the state of Kentucky has been in need of blood donations since being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and blood products are now needed more than ever by the state. The American Red Cross urges locals unaffected by tornadoes to give blood.

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Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland

ABC reports that the Kentucky’s Heartland chapter of Feeding America is providing emergency to-go meals to citizens in specified “disaster relief areas” of Kentucky. You can donate through their website to aid their efforts.

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CARE

According to their website, international organization CARE has partnered with local efforts in Louisville to provide “food, water, and emergency cash vouchers” to victims. You can donate via their website.

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Aspire Appalachia

Aspire Appalachia has committed to raising funds for “reputable local organizations” in western Kentucky. Donations can be sent to paypal@aspireappalachia.org, with “Tornado Relief” indicated in the payment details.

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World Central Kitchen

Chef José Andrés announced that he is traveling with non-profit World Central Kitchen to provide meals for Kentucky tornado victims. To support the organization’s ongoing efforts to support victims of climate crises, donate on their website.