Local families are in dire need of assistance — Here’s how you can help

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An American flag is draped over debris after a tornado in Dawson Springs, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. A monstrous tornado, carving a track that could rival the longest on record, ripped across the middle of the U.S. on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

(WEHT) — Friday’s tornado outbreak has left many families across the nation looking for answers. The storm tore through several states, pulling apart entire communities in its wake.

Now, many areas in and outside the swarm of storms’ path are calling for action, holding fundraisers and relief efforts to give aid to those impacted.

We’ve compiled a list of places and websites you can donate to help families in need:

Local in-person fundraisers are also being held to give further assistance, several are:

  • Dawson Springs Resource Center — Star of Bethlehem Church is accepting donations 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. daily. They’re asking for clothes, toiletries, food and other necessities.
  • Green River Distillery in Owensboro — Serving as a drop off point for locals looking for ways to help support Western Kentucky Tornado Relief – beginning Dec. 13 at 10 A.M. They’re asking for water, crackers, cookies, baby formula, diapers, sanitizing wipes, mouthwash, sanitizer, gloves, toy donations and trash bags.
  • Oh Sew Sweet in Madisonville is opened up currently as a donation center.
  • Envision Contractors has placed a trailer in the Sears parking lot of Townsquare Mall in Owensboro to collect donations for tornado victims.
  • The Evansville Otters are accepting tornado relief donations at Bosse Field to help aid relief efforts in the Midwest and western Kentucky.
  • “Toynado” drive being held Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Target off E Lloyd Expressway at 9 A.M.
  • Hopkins County’s “Make Christmas Happen” gift drive–packages can be sent to the Hopkins County Government Center on Main Street in Madisonville. Donations can be made at multiple locations. The gift drive will run from Tuesday, Dec. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 19. Gifts should be age-appropriate toys for children ages 17 & under.
  • Red Cross is in desperate need of blood. You can find a blood drive with them online.
  • Pet Food Center is setting up donation carts at each of its five locations in Indiana & Tennessee for Western Kentucky humane societies sheltering lost and displaced dogs and cats.
  • Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union will match $25,000 in donations for tornado relief efforts in Western Kentucky through December 31.
  • FEMA opened registration centers at First Baptist Church in Dawson Springs, and the old Walmart location at Mayfield Plaza, 1102 Paris Rd., Mayfield, KY 42066. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Arby’s accepting donations at 1st Avenue location in Evansville until 8 p.m. Friday. Henderson Arby’s also accepting donations on Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We will update this article with more fundraising events as we learn of them.

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