Help Now for Tornado Victims

We’ve all seen the pictures, heard the stories, and felt the pain of those in the south suffering, after tornadoes ripped through their homes. We’ve all wanted to help, but thought “I can’t give much, what good will it do?” Now there’s a way you can help. No matter how much you can give.

The Red Cross will host a phone bank along with all 4 t.v. stations in Lexington: LEX 18, WKTY, WTVQ and WDKY on Thursday. Volunteers will be taking donation via phone from Noon to 7:00. All you have to do is call. More info here.The number to call is: 859-977-5366.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – Wednesday, May 4, 2011— The Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross in cooperation with WDKY, WKYT, WLEX, and WTVQ television stations is hosting a local phone bank to accept monetary donations to Southern Storm Relief.

The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people after a recent string of deadly storms swept through the Southern United States.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who lost loved ones or have suffered through these deadly storms,” said Terry Burkhart, CEO of the Bluegrass Chapter. “Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock to help the thousands of people whose lives are turned upside down. More Red Cross assistance is on the way.”

“Our top priority right now is to provide food and shelter to the thousands of people throughout the South and Midwest affected by these storms,” Charley Shimanski, senior vice president, Red Cross Disaster Services said, adding that the Red Cross is also distributing relief supplies and providing emotional support and basic health services to disaster survivors.

More than 65 Red Cross shelters are open as families have been forced them from their homes. Red Cross shelters are open in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Individuals or organizations that would like to make a contribution to Southern Storm Relief may do so by calling the Southern Storm Relief hotline at 859-977-5366 from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011.  Individuals may also visit to make a secure on-line donation.

On Wednesday the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross continued to make arrangements for local volunteers to deploy to those areas affected by the recent storms.  “We have four volunteers in Alabama currently with five more scheduled to deploy by Thursday,” said Jamie Adams, Director of Volunteers for the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.  “We have one additional person working the floods in Western Kentucky.”

Nationally, 95% of all American Red Cross staff are unpaid volunteers.  Last year more than 500,000 individuals volunteered to work over 62,000 individual disasters.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at



Leave a Reply