Fayette County

Hotline available to make donations for Oklahoma tornado relief

This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch) AP

Several local media companies, including the Lexington Herald-Leader, are teaming up with the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise money for tornado relief in Oklahoma.

Terry Burkhart, CEO of the Bluegrass Chapter, said their thoughts and sympathies are with those who suffered through the storms or lost loved ones.

"Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock to help the thousands of people whose lives are turned upside down. More Red Cross assistance is on the way," he said.

The Bluegrass Chapter has sent two local volunteers to the tornado-torn area and is making arrangements for more, according to a news release.

Other partners include: WLEX (Channel 18), WKYT (Channel 27), WTVQ Channel 36), WDKY (Channel 56), Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Broadcasting, LM Communications and Smiley Pete Publishing.


How to help

Donations can be made by calling the Kentucky Cares hotline at (859) 977-5366 from noon to midnight on Wednesday. After Wednesday, donations can be made by calling (859) 253-1331 or 1-800-REDCROSS. Online gifts can be donated at Redcross.org. Donations can be made at all Kroger and Central Bank locations, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m on Thursday and Friday at Fayette Mall.

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