Although I could never have predicted it, this December turns out to be a sobering moment to launch a novel that opens with the aftermath of a tornado.

Here are some ways to help.

How to help survivors of the Dec. 2021 tornados (Source: NY Times)

Here are some local groups that are pitching in.

  • Blood Assurance, which collects blood donations across its locations in the South, is asking people to make appointments because of a “critical need” for supply in Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • For people in the area of Bowling Green, Ky., the Bowling Green Fire Department is seeking volunteers to help with recovery efforts. Send the department a Facebook message with your name, contact information and the type of assistance you can provide.
  • Brother’s Brother Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based organization that provides disaster relief, is accepting donations so it can donate to food banks in Arkansas and Kentucky. It is also sending items to victims and emergency crews in affected areas.
  • Kentucky Baptist Convention, an organization of Baptist groups, is raising funds to help its teams on the ground in affected areas of the state.
  • Kentucky Branded, a clothing store in Lexington, is donating all of the proceeds from the sales of its “Pray for Kentucky” T-shirt to communities affected by the tornadoes. The shirt costs $20.
  • The Kentucky State Police in Mayfield are asking interested volunteers to call 270-331-1979.
  • Taylor County Bank in Campbellsville, Ky., is accepting donations by mail to its fund for tornado victims. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 200 Campbellsville, Ky., 42719.
  • The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, created by Gov. Andy Beshear, is collecting donations for victims in the western portion of the state.

Some national organizations are helping out.

  • AmeriCares, a health-focused relief and development organization, has sent an emergency response team to Kentucky and has offered assistance to health care facilities in several states. The organization is accepting donations to help fund these efforts.
  • CARE, an organization that works with impoverished communities, is collecting money to provide food, cash and clean water to the tornado victims.
  • Convoy of Hope, an organization that feeds the hungry, is asking for donations to help the survivors across the affected states.
  • Feeding America location in Kentucky is raising funds to help provide people with “ready-to-eat bags of food.”
  • Global Empowerment Mission, a disaster-relief organization, has partnered with local groups and is raising money to help its team on the ground in Kentucky.
  • GoFundMe has created a centralized hub with verified fund-raisers to help those affected by the tornadoes. It will be updated with new fund-raisers as they are verified.
  • International Medical Corps, an organization that provides emergency medical services, is raising funds to give people shelter and essential items.
  • The Red Cross has opened shelters and is asking people to make appointments to give blood. Both its national arm and its local chapter in Western Kentucky are collecting donations.
  • The Salvation Army is soliciting donations to help tornado victims in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.
  • Team Rubicon, a disaster-relief organization, is raising money to help its team of military veterans and volunteers clear roads in Western Kentucky.
  • The United Way of Kentucky is asking for donations to provide support services for families in the state who were affected by the tornadoes.

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