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Tornado Relief

Tornado Relief

All of us at WMMT have the folks affected by this weekend’s tornadoes in our thoughts and hearts this Monday morning.  Friday’s storms wrought surreal, awful devastation throughout the state, including significant portions of many counties in or near our listening area–Bath, Johnson, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Menifee, Martin, Morgan, and Rowan.  There aren’t words to describe this sort of thing, so all we can say is that our thoughts and prayers are with you.  For those who wish to help, there are a number of ways to get involved:

For those in our Kentucky listening area, Willa Johnson is helping to co-ordinate an incredible local relief effort.  More details can be found on the Relief for West Liberty facebook page; Willa will be working with local churches, businesses and individuals throughout the area to collect items to send to the hard hit area of West Liberty.

Items needed are:
Any and All cleaning supplies
Baby Items (diapers, food, bottles, etc)
Food
Water
Batteries
Coats and gloves
Totes/Storage for people to collect their belongings in

Also pet supplies are a great donation, for folks who are helping shelter animals during this.

LETCHER COUNTY DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: (Accepting until Thursday)
FLEMING-NEON CITY HALL
WHITESBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT
COLLINS MARATHON in ISOM
DEPT OF COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES (food stamps office in Whitesburg)
MARTHA JANE POTTER SCHOOL
JENKINS CITY HALL

PERRY COUNTY: (Accepting until Thursday)
VICCO CITY HALL

HAZARD COMMUNITY TECHNICAL COLLEGE: It will be in the lobby of the JCC (classroom) building as soon as you walk in the main entrance. The building is open until 4:30 each day. (Accepting until Thursday)

PRESTONSBURG:
THE CHIROPRACTIC CENTER/SIMPSON CHIROPRACTIC (Accepting until Wednesday evening)

MOREHEAD:
COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES
935 HALLWOOD DR.
MOREHEAD, KY

MOREHEAD KROGER

If you’d like to send money, info on where to send it can be found at the effort’s facebook page.

The Red Cross is in the area and accepting donations. You can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text 90999 on your cell phone to make a quick $10 donation.

The Front Porch Restaurant in Morehead, KY will be holding nightly benefit concerts each evening this week, with an optional $5 cover donation in addition to portion of sales going to relief efforts in Morgan and Menifee counties.  Check out thefrontporchmorehead.com over the coming hours and days as a schedule is put together.  If you are a musician and want to help out, you can contact Scott Moore either on facebook or by phone at (606)776-0434.

For those wishing to donate or volunteer directly with Kentucky Emergency Management, that can be done here.

For those in Letcher County near Jenkins, Cub Scout Pack #856 is accepting donations, no matter how large or small, at the Tan-O-Rama on Main Street in Jenkins, KY.  Items needed include:

  • personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • cleaning supplies
  • baby products (diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, etc.)
  • pet supplies (food, kitty litter)
  • disposable kitchen supplies (napkins, paper plates & cups, plastic cutlery, etc.)

Finally, if any of you have any relief efforts you’d like help in publicizing, get in touch with us at (606) 633-0108, at [email protected], or leave the information in the comments section to this post.  Hopefully, this can be an ongoing list of ways that folks can help out.

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One Response to “Tornado Relief”

  1. Monica Leslie

    Hi,

    I just got back from Eastern Kentucky and I have an updated list of items that are most needed at the distribution shelters (e.g. the Index Community Center and East Valley Elementary School). I wasn’t sure who was coordinating the collections in the area aside from what we collected at alumni relations, but I had heard mention of many people wanting to be involved. I also didn’t know if these updates should go through the campus Christian center or if there was some way to get this information out to the local churches. I did remember, however, that you are very involved in some of the other community efforts in the community and hoped you could forward this to along to those who you knew would be working to coordinate collections for the disaster relief. Would you be able to forward this information to those who were interested in coordinating a collection for the disaster relief? The items in bold are the items most needed.

    Kitchen
    -Cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk
    -Gallon cans of vegetables- corn, peas, green beans and baked beans
    -Gallon cans of Chicken Broth
    -Gallon cans of Tomato Sauce

    Shelter Supplies
    -Underwear- all sizes and any gender
    -Socks- all sizes and any gender
    -Any type of meal that is packaged ready to eat
    -Tarps
    -Lanterns
    -Kerosene Heaters
    -Rakes
    -Shovels
    -Work Gloves
    -Trash Bags
    -Fuel Cans

    Church Shelter
    -Canned meat
    -Crackers
    -Peanut Butter
    -Breakfast Bars
    -Water
    -Flashlights
    -batteries

    The coordinators at both centers also stated that monetary donations would be useful to help them stock supplies for clean up, provide fuel to transport the donated items to the various distribution centers and so on. I’m not sure who is heading up the collection efforts here in town or donating the remaining supplies, but according to Kentucky Emergency Management (KyEM) a lot of this can be coordinated through the Red Cross and we saw several volunteers at the shelter who were with the Salvation Army. Grace Baptist Church in West Liberty will be allowing volunteers to aid with outdoor cleanup starting tomorrow (March 7, 2012) at 8am. I will provide the contact info for the churches and shelters we spoke to so that the coordinators here can speak with their volunteers and get the most up to date information about what they need. A lot of the cellular communications are down still, but perhaps you can get through on the land line or just check with the number I’ve provided for the Salvation Army.

    Grace Baptist Church
    900 Highway 844
    West Liberty, KY 41472
    (606) 743-1139

    East Valley Elementary School
    7585 Hwy 172
    West Liberty, KY 41472
    (606) 522-8152

    INDEX COMMUNITY CHURCH
    1749 West Main Street
    West Liberty, Kentucky 41472
    Phone: (606) 743-4733
    Mike Frisby’s info:
    Phone: 743-9605
    Cell: (513) 258-8127
    E—mail: [email protected]
    For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit: http://www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    You may also help by texting “Storm” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill.

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