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Western Kentucky Tornado Relief

During the late evening of Friday, December 10, 2021, a violent tornado moved across Western Kentucky, producing severe to catastrophic damage in numerous towns, including Mayfield, Princeton, Dawson Springs, and Bremen. Over the next few days, images and stories of the destruction caused by the tornado filled our screens and news feeds. Since then, many of us have wondered, “What can I do? How can I put my love of neighbor into action?” Well, now is your chance!

What:

Christ Church United Church of Christ Fort Thomas, KY work trip to Mayfield, Ky to assist in rebuilding efforts after the tornados of last December

In cooperation with:

The Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ

Mayfield/Graves County Long Term Recovery Group

Dates:

Sunday, June 12 – Saturday, June 18, 2022

Cost:

$125 per person to cover overnight accommodations and food for the week

Participants:

Adults over 18 years of age and 16-17 year olds with a parent or guardian

What to expect:

Our group will leave from Christ Church UCC in Fort Thomas at noon on Sunday, June 12 and car pool to the city of Mayfield in Graves County, Kentucky. Those traveling separately should plan to meet us in Mayfield around 6:00 pm.

Once we know the makeup of our group, arrangements will be made for our accommodations for the week. We will most likely stay in one of the Mayfield local churches, sleep on cots, and prepare our own meals through the week. Breakfast will be something simple and easy (cereal, fruit, coffee, tea, etc.), we will pack lunches to take to the work site, and return to the church after the work day to prepare and enjoy our evening meal.

Monday through Friday we will work on rebuilding homes destroyed by the tornado. Prior building experience is not necessary, but we hope to have a few experienced people on each site to guide the efforts of volunteers with less experience.

Questions:

Call or text Ken Weidinger at 859-380-4140

If would like to join the group, please call Ken Weidinger at 859-380-4140 before Thursday, May 19th.

Links to Help!!

This information is from the Kentucky Council of Churches, who met onTuesday, Dec. 14 with Gov. Andrew Beshear, and received this update directly from him. If YOU would like to help the families of Western Kentucky who were affected by the recent horrible storms and tornadoes, here is the BEST WAY to do so! The Governor said there is plenty of food, clothing, etc. coming in; the great need NOW is to help affected families with financial donations and to give children and loved ones of affected families some kind of Christmas in the midst of unimaginable loss. Use these links to help quickly and directly: To offer financial help:

https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief

TOY DRIVE(organized byFirst Lady Britainy Beshear):

https://governor.ky.gov/toydrive

Especially needed for the Christmas drive are Visa or MC $25 gift cards:Also, the BIGGER need will be over the next three months to TWO years…we will be able to help for a long time! As with most disasters, people feel the need to help right away…and then over weeks and months that immediate response falls away. Gov. Beshear asked specifically for faith communities the think “long term,”(e.g. sending a volunteer team next summer).You can also mail a check made payable to:

Kentucky State Treasurer

Send your check to:

Public Protection Cabinet

500 Mero Street 218 NC

Frankfort, KY 40601

This is a tax-deductible donation

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