Western Ky. storms: Available assistance and how to help in Christian County

Here are some of the organizations offering help to Christian County residents affected by this weekend's storms — and information on how you can help.

Hoptown Chronicle will continue to compile resources for individuals in need and those wishing to help with the recovery effort following the storms that swept through Western Kentucky late Friday and early Saturday. Know of something we should add to this list? Email us.

Gift Cards for Compassion

The Gift Cards for Compassion campaign asks individuals, businesses and organizations to donate gift cards for families who need help purchasing daily necessities and a way to provide Christmas gifts. 

The campaign is a joint effort of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council, in collaboration with Christian County Public Schools, Pennyrile Area Development District and Hopkinsville YMCA. 

Gifts cards can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce, 2800 Fort Campbell Boulevard, weekdays through Dec. 23 and at the YMCA, 7805 Eagle Way, every day except Christmas through Dec. 30. 

Western Kentucky Toy Drive

Gov. Andy Beshear and first lady Britainy Beshear are organizing the Western Kentucky Toy Drive to provide holiday gifts for children. Toys, books, electronics and $25 VISA and Mastercard gift cards will be collected through Dec. 18. 

Gifts should be new and unwrapped. Here is a list of locations to drop toys. 

Kentucky Sports Radio and Kentucky Chamber Foundation

Kentucky Sports Radio and the nonprofit Kentucky Chamber Foundation are partners in the Tornado Relief Fund to help Kentuckians rebuild from damages sustained in the Dec. 10-11 storms. 

Donations can be made on the Go Fund Me page or by sending a check to the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, 464 Chenault Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, ATTN to Tornado Relief Fund. 

Tornado relief for farmers

Anyone who is able to help farmers hit by the storm may drop off materials at Hutson John Deere, 2804 Pembroke Road, Hopkinsville, or H&R Agri-Power, 843 E. Broadway, Mayfield.

In Hopkinsville, contact May Beth Pyle at 270-886-3994 for additional information. 

Donated items needed include:

  • fencing supplies
  • tarps and tarp nails
  • bungee cords and ratchet straps
  • rope
  • livestock mineral
  • bagged cattle feed
  • feed troughs
  • large and extra large work gloves
  • new or gently used work boots
  • coveralls
  • work coats
  • chainsaws and extra chains
  • chainsaw oil and gas
  • fuel cans
  • diesel and gas
  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • tools of any kind
  • hammers
  • fence testers
  • metal fence post drivers
  • metal
  • lumber

Pembroke Fire Department

The Pembroke Fire Department, 118 Maple St., announced Saturday that due to limited space it can no longer accept food or clothing donations.

In a Facebook post, the department thanked the community for the outpouring of support and said that monetary donations (cash, check, gift card) can still be made to the department, which will disperse contributions to the families within our community who were affected as needs arise.

Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA

The Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA, 7805 Eagle Way, is accepting monetary donations and contributions of supplies. Items needed include:

  • gift cards (Walmart, Kroger, restaurants, gas)
  • granola bars
  • crackers
  • pudding cups
  • fruit cups
  • chips
  • pretzels
  • pop tarts
  • cans of pork n beans
  • beanie weenies
  • ramen
  • other pantry items
  • hygiene products
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • soap
  • razors
  • other hygiene products

ECC Hopkinsville-Christian County

The Hopkinsville-Christian County Emergency Communications Center is collecting items to assist those families in Christian and surrounding counties struggling to restore their lives and homes. Suggested donation items include 

  • coats
  • hats
  • scarves
  • gloves
  • socks
  • non-perishable food items
  • household cleaning supplies
  • hand sanitizer
  • personal hygiene items
  • blankets/linens/towels
  • paper goods (paper towels/plates/toilet paper etc)

Donations should be new or very gently used and newly cleaned. 

ECC is also helping the Christian County Animal Shelter with donations of:

  • dog/cat food
  • cat litter
  • dog/cat beds
  • outdoor dog and cat shelters
  • equine feed
  • bottled water

Hopkinsville Brewing Co.

Hopkinsville Brewing Co., 102 E. Fifth St., is accepting donations for distribution to communities impacted by the storm during normal business hours ( 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Individuals who would like to drop off items outside of normal business hours should message the brewery on Facebook.

Requested items include:  

After collecting donations Sunday for victims of the recent storms, Hopkinsville Brewing Company received more than 30 cases of water, garbage bags, flashlights, toiletries, clothing, shoes, diapers, toys and pet food. The brewery will take the first load of donations to Dawson Springs with Vansauwa’s Tacos & Vegan Eats, who will hand out meals on the square from 3 to 5 p.m. (Hopkinsville Brewing Co. photo)
  • pod detergent 
  • gallon zip lock bags 
  • bleach 
  • buckets 
  • rags/mops/cleaning tools 
  • trash bags
  • Heavy duty trash bags 
  • personal hygiene items 
  • soap 
  • toothbrushes & toothpaste 
  • deodorant 
  • baby items such as diapers & wipes
  • flashlights 
  • head lamps 
  • batteries (AA, AAA, 9v) 
  • work/utility gloves 
  • water
  • new socks 
  • new undergarments 
  • blankets 
  • coats 
  • warm clothes 
  • shoes 
  • toiletry items

Journey Church

Journey Church, 425 Millbrooke Drive, collected supplies for surrounded communities earlier this week. The church has launched an online fundraiser at https://ourjourney.tv/helpkentucky.

Pembroke Baptist Church 

Pembroke Baptist Church, 144 S. Main St., is offering showers, shelter and bottled water to residents affected by the storms. 

We will be helping clean up efforts this morning, if you have something that you need help cleaning up, let us know,” the church said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Childcare for workers will be provided.”

The church is delivering taco meals to those working or without power. According to its Facebook post, the church is also accepting donations or taco meat and nachos or sweets. The church can be reached at (270) 475-4125.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross has set up the Western KY Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundraiser to support those affected by this weekend’s tornadoes. As of early Sunday afternoon, it had already raised more than $188,000 of its $250,000 goal. Donations can be made at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1102848833822116/

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army also has set up a fundraiser to support disaster victims. Donations can be made to The Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief Fund at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/645874989922844/

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund

On Saturday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the launch of the Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund.

“It is solely dedicated to helping the on-the-ground efforts going on right now and the relief efforts these families are going to need to rebuild,” Beshear said. Donations can be made at TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov.

Beshear also encouraged Kentuckians to assist by giving blood.

“We were already pretty short with COVID out there. We’re going to have a lot of deaths, but we are also going to have a lot of injuries.” 

Find more information about donating at the American Red Cross and Kentucky Blood Center.

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Julia Hunter | Hoptown Chronicle

Julia Hunter is co-founder and engagement editor of Hoptown Chronicle. She began her journalism career as a reporter and news editor at the Kentucky New Era and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she serves as the membership & communications director for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Reach her at julia@hoptownchronicle.org and find her on Twitter at @JuliaMHunter.