Aid organizations mobilize to help victims of tornadoes in the Midwest

A car sits in the debris caused by a tornado in Bowling Green, Ky. On Saturday, December 11, 2021. A monstrous tornado has killed dozens of people in Kentucky and the toll was rising on Saturday after bad weather ravaged at least five states, leaving widespread devastation.  (AP Photo / Michael Clubb)

A car sits in the debris caused by a tornado in Bowling Green, Ky. On Saturday, December 11, 2021. A monstrous tornado has killed dozens of people in Kentucky and the toll was rising on Saturday after bad weather ravaged at least five states, leaving widespread devastation. (AP Photo / Michael Clubb)

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Disaster relief and humanitarian groups are mobilizing to come to the aid of the victims of the tornado and set up a fund dedicated to donations to support their efforts.

Here’s a look at some of the relief efforts and ways to donate.

The American Red Cross makes it easy to send a quick $ 10 donation by simply texting “REDCROSS” at 90999. Further donations can be made by calling 800-733-2767 or by visiting redcross .org online. Other information, including suggestions on how to find someone affected by the storm, can be found here.

The Salvation Army has set up a disaster relief fund for victims of the tornado. Donations can be made here.

World Vision, a Christian aid group, plans to start shipping relief supplies to churches in Kentucky from Sunday. Along with food and emergency kits, supplies will include heaters, blankets, solar lights and mini-fridges. Donations to help support these efforts can be made here.

Samaritan’s Purse, another humanitarian group, said it sent disaster response teams to Mayfield, Ky., And Monette, Ark. On Saturday, as other teams began to move towards devastation in Tennessee and Illinois. A semi-trailer full of tools and equipment set out from Texas, the group said, with more help on the way to North Carolina when the weather permits. Donations can be made here.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced the creation of a tornado relief fund for the western part of the state and also called on people to donate blood, which has been scarce during the pandemic.

“There are going to be a lot of deaths,” Beshear said. “There will also be a lot of injuries.”

The governor also said that residents of affected areas can help by avoiding roads, where possible.

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