How to help Kentucky's tornado victims

March 7, 2012 

How to help

American Red Cross

On Friday, as the University of Kentucky men's basketball team begins play in the SEC tournament, the American Red Cross will join with WKYT-TV, the Lexington-Herald Leader, Clear Channel Radio, IMG Sports Marketing and Central Bank to host a Kentucky Cares tornado-relief phone bank on WKYT.

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, volunteers will answer phones to take donations. Coach Matthew Mitchell and members of the UK women's team, Coach Donnie Tyndall and members of the Morehead State University men's basketball team, and Coach Brian Lane and members of the Transylvania University basketball team also will answer phones.

The Kentucky Cares Campaign was set up to assist people affected by Friday's storms.

Those who wish to give to the fund may use one of these options:

• Text Redcross to 90999.

• Go to Redcross.org and give to the Disaster Relief Fund.

• Drop off a check made out to the Red Cross at any Central Bank location.

• Mail a check to 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, Ky. 40511, with Kentucky Cares in the memo line.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is conducting a donation drive at Fayette Mall through Saturday.

Based on requests, the following new and unused items for men, women and children will be accepted:

■ Underwear and socks

■ Personal care items

■ Diapers

■ Cleaning supplies (brooms, buckets, mops, cleaning solutions, trash bags and work gloves)

■ Towels, washcloths, blankets and pillows

■ Coloring books and crayons

Items may be dropped off in the area in front of Boardwalk Treats near Dillard's. The Salvation Army has secured a large storage space and will deliver items as needed to the affected areas.

The Salvation Army also is accepting monetary donations. You may donate $10 by texting the word STORM to 80888 or make a contribution at Salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army Tornado Relief Fund, 736 West Main Street, Lexington, Ky. 40508.

Christian Appalachian Project

The Christian Appalachian Project is accepting the following items from noon to 7 p.m. through Saturday in the parking lot of the Hamburg Wal-Mart in Lexington:

■ Bottled water

■ Drinks (any kind)

■ Flashlights and batteries

■ Non-perishable food

■ Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, etc.)

■ Trash bags

For more information, email caclexky@insightbb.com

Blue Grass Community Foundation

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has established the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund to support long-term rebuilding efforts in Eastern Kentucky counties declared federal disaster areas. Grants from the fund will be overseen by committees made up of local residents in affected counties.

Donors may give generally to the rebuilding effort or specify which county or counties among those declared federal disaster areas they would like their gift to benefit.

To make a tax-deductible contribution, go to BGCF.org and click on the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund button. Or send a check to Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund, 250 West Main Street, Suite 1220, Lexington Ky. 40507.

Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police posts and Frankfort headquarters will serve as drop-off sites for people who want to donate the following items:

■ Leather gloves

■ Shovels and rakes

■ Batteries and flashlights

■ First-aid kits

■ Soap, shampoo and laundry detergent

■ Feminine products

■ Baby food, formula and diapers

■ Bath towels and wash cloths

■ Paper products

■ Cleaning supplies

■ Gift cards

■ Bottled water and non-perishable food

■ Trash bags

■ Dog and cat food

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