How You Can Help Kentucky and Midwest Tornado Victims

by Liz Holland
MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY - DECEMBER 12: Rubble litters the town after a tornado ripped through Friday evening on December 12, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky. Multiple tornadoes touched down in several Midwest states late Friday evening causing widespread destruction and leaving an estimated 70-plus people dead. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Several deadly storms ravaged through the midwest and south this week. Given the historic damage and lives lost, many Americans are looking to find any way they can help out those affected.

The storm undoubtedly hit Kentucky the hardest. At least 88 people have been confirmed dead with 74 of those deaths confirmed in the state of Kentucky alone.

Unfortunately, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said in a press conference “Undoubtedly, there will be more.” Beshear fought to stay unemotional as two of his own family members were taken by the storm.

In regards to the deceased, Beshear says,”Of the ones that we know, the age range is 5 months to 86 years old… Six are younger than 18.” This figure could change, as 18 bodies were still unidentified at the time of the press conference. 

Tornado Victims in Need of Assistance: How You Can Help

Several communities are in desperate need of assistance in order to begin recovering from the tragedy. Thousands in the storm’s path are still without power, and over 100 residents are still unaccounted for.

Additionally, an alarming number of homes are now nothing but rubble. Governor Andy Beshear says it’s the “most severe tornado event in Kentucky’s history.” He also says the national guard and other rescue efforts are continuing to find survivors in the debris.

The storm has also affected Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Luckily, there are a multitude of ways people can help out.

Official GoFundMe Fundraisers

GoFundMe has a designated verified fundraiser page for families affected by the tornadoes. The page organizes fundraisers by state. The page features fundraisers specifically for individuals and families in need of help following the tragedy. You can visit the page here.

Western Kentucky Toy Drive for Tornado Victims

Additionally, there is a Western Kentucky toy drive to support families. The drive will help ensure children of affected families still get to have Christmas presents this year.

They are looking for gifts suitable for children from infants to teenagers. Patrons can donate toys, books, $25 VISA gift cards, and electronics. The drive is accepting donations from December 14th to the 18th. For more information on how you can help, visit this website.

Mayfield County

Mayfield county experienced an especially astronomical amount of damage. They are looking for volunteers to assist with search and rescue efforts, food and supplies, and more. Volunteer to help here.

Western Kentucky Red Cross

You can also donate to efforts through the Western Kentucky Red Cross via Facebook. If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do so here. Facebook will be handling all process fees, so 100% of donations will go directly to victims and efforts to assist them. 

New efforts are continuing to pop up, so be sure to keep an eye on Outsider for new information regarding the tragedy and how we can best support those communities.