The state of Kentucky was devastated by the tornado outbreak of March 2, 2012, and especially our neighbors in Eastern Kentucky. Many families, including entire towns, lost everything. Kentuckians are always ready to roll up their sleeves and help those in need. As one local pastor put it, the response to this tragedy is not a sprint, but a marathon. The rebuilding effort will go on for quite some time. Below are a couple of ways that you can give financially and help in this rebuilding effort.
American Red Cross Taking DonationsTo give to the American Red Cross, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 on your mobile device to give a $10 donation, or you can donate on-line HERE.
Blue Grass Community Foundation Establishes the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding FundIn response to the devastating tornadoes that hit Eastern Kentucky last week, Blue Grass Community Foundation has established the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund. The fund is designed 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 the affected counties.
“We encourage everyone to make contributions to first responders like the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross and other agencies that are working so hard to meet immediate emergency needs,” said Blue Grass Community Foundation President/CEO Lisa Adkins. “We also ask donors to look ahead as victims of the disaster begin to rebuild their lives and their towns in the months to come.”
Donors may give generally to the rebuilding effort or they may specify which county or counties among those declared federal disaster areas they would like their gift to benefit.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to help with the rebuilding effort, go to http://www.bgcf.org/ and click on the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund button. Or send a check to the Eastern Kentucky Tornado Rebuilding Fund, 250 W. Main, Ste. 1220, Lexington KY 40507.
Rotary Club Seeking Volunteers for Rolex 3-Day Event; Project to Benefit Tornado Relief Efforts in Eastern Ky.
The Rotary Club of Lexington is seeking volunteers to raise money for the Tornado Relief efforts in Eastern Kentucky. In the fall of 2010, under the leadership of the Rotary District Governor, Robert Ryan, nearly three thousand people came together to serve as volunteers for the concessionaire of the World Equestrian Games. This year, we have been invited again, by the same great company, Buona Catering, to serve as concession volunteers for the Rolex Three Day Event, held at the Horse Park, here in Lexington. This is another chance to be part of a world-class event, volunteer in a meaningful way, and raise money for a worthy cause. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, CLICK HERE.