How to help victims of the tornado

National Weather Service Paducah has sent a team to Mayfield to survey damage caused by severe...
National Weather Service Paducah has sent a team to Mayfield to survey damage caused by severe storms Friday night.(Source: KFVS/Don Frazier)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 11:02 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2021 at 9:05 AM CST
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WESTERN Ky. (KFVS) - Following a night of deadly weather, resources are available for those who need it, as well as information for volunteers.


Governor Andy Beshear established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to help those impacted by tornadoes and severe weather. See how to donate here.

You can donate to the Red Cross at, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

KFVS is working to help Heal the Heartland. We’re teaming up with the Salvation Army to help those devastated by recent tornadoes in the Heartland. Text ‘HLTORNADO’ to 51555 to help support the December 2021 tornado relief efforts. Message and data rates may apply. For more details, go to All of the money raised will be used in the areas impacted by the tornadoes across the Heartland, from Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Those wishing to offer donations can call Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-331-0945.

The Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief is running a fundraiser through Facebook, and the organization is also taking donations at Those wanting to donate can also call 1-800- SAL-ARMY and designate “KY Tornado Relief.”

Hickory Hills Resort on Kentucky Lake will be accepting donations of any kind for those affected by the tornado. You can drop off donations at the resort.

The Marshall Strong Facebook page, first created after the deadly high school shooting in January 2018, is now being used for community efforts such as drop-off points, donations and volunteer opportunities.

According to the page, Mayor Rita Dotson said the gym at Marshall County Exceptional Center and the Marshall County Elks Lodge on Kashway Lane are open to take donations.

The Marshall County Parks Department is taking donations at Central Elementary School on Vine St. in Draffenville. They are not accepting clothes at this time. Individuals in need of help can call 202-316-5167.

In Calvert City, according to the Marshall Strong Facebook page, Mayor Gene Colburn advised that donations can be made at the Calvert City Civic Center and Memorial Park from noon until 5 p.m. In addition, the visitor’s center at Mike Miller Park will be open until 3 p.m. for drop-offs.

According to the Mayfield Graves County Chamber of Commerce, Catalyst Church at 114 Kings Drive is accepting items such as baby food, formula, pillows, hygiene items, gloves and sock caps. Items have to drop-off only currently.

A donation site is located at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. Drop-off and pickup is Expo 1, only during daylight hours. They are accepting new cloths, water, paper products, baby items, canned foods, money, hygiene products, boxed foods, blankets, tarps and dog food.

Palletized organizational drop off donations to Mayfield are urged to turn at the Grace Park Rd. sign at the intersection of U.S. 45 and KY 1276.

A point of drop off for toys only is at the St. Jerome Church at the old Fancy Farm Gym located at 20 State Route 339 North in Fancy Farm. The Graves County Sheriff’s Office said to look for a building marked as Bosco Hall which is across from the Fancy Farm Post Office. Point of contact is Sister Martha.

MRV Bank and Day Transfer Company Inc. in Cape Girardeau are collecting donations to fill as many trucks as possible. They are accepting water, non-perishables, baby supplies, personal care supplies, cleaning supplies and cash donations. Donations can be dropped off 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 1505 N. Mt. Auburn in Cape Girardeau.

According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office a fund has been set through Independence Bank. Donations can be sent to the Mayfield Graves County tornado relief fund at Fancy Farm, Ky. 42039 or at PO box 9.

A food, supply, and cash donation drop off will be held at Heartland Worship Center off I-24 exit 7 in Paducah. For information call 270-331-0945.

For outside donations (material items like food, supplies, etc.) please call Graves County Emergency Management at 270-727-5114.

The Paducah Police Department has volunteered to accept outside donations such as food and supplies. Call them at 270-444-8590 or visit 1400 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42003.

Those wishing to make a donation can drop off items at Central Elementary School, 115 Jim Goheen Dr. in Benton, Ky. Marshall Co. school district employees are working to help distribute items to those in need.

The City of Metropolis Fire and Police Departments, Metropolis Office of Emergency Management and Massac County Emergency Management Agency collecting the following items at the Metropolis Fire Station: water, non-perishable food items, blankets, cleaning supplies, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, etc. (please make sure that articles of clothing are NEW and not used as most of the communities affected are still without power and running water). The fire station is located at 213 West 7th street in Metropolis.

The Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter is accepting donations at their facility located at 500 N 12th St. in Mayfield and at their donation drop off center at 1201 W. Broadway, the old Sparks Elementary. Items needed are wire crates, cat litter, bleach, dawn, laundry detergent, toys, blankets, beds, leashes, ear mite and flea medicine. The shelter is redistributing throughout the shelter. Items can also be directly shipped the shelter.

Central Elementary School located at 115 Jim Goheen Dr. Benton, Ky., has the collected donations for victims of the tornado. If you have needs from the tornado please come between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you would like to make a donation, this is where you would also be able to do so. Marshall County School District employees are working to help distribute items to those in need.

You can donate to the Obion County Tornado Relief Fund here.

Community Foundation of Western Kentucky disaster relief fund can be made online or by mail. Checks can be made to CFWK Disaster Relief Fund. The two address that the donations can be sent to are Community Foundation of Western Kentucky, CFWK Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 7, Paducah, KY 42001 and US Bank Building, 333 Broadway, Suite 530, Paducah, KY 42001.

A food, supply and cash donation drop-off was established at Heartland Worship Center off I-24 Exit 7 in Paducah.

Drop-off of items such as propane cylinders, propane grills, propane burners, propane stoves, shovels, rakes, gas cans, baby food, diapers and non-perishable foods and snacks are being accepted at Marion Elks #800 at 204 S. Market St. in Marion, Ill. They said they’re holding off on taking more clothes at this time.

In addition, Carrier Mills will be hosting an emergency blood drive on Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The emergency blood drive will be held at the Carrier Mills Municipal Building at 101 North Mill St. in Carrier Mills.

Independence Bank has fund set up for money donations. They can be mailed to Mayfield/Graves County Tornado Relief Fund at P.O. Box 9 in Fancy Farm, Ky. 42039. Darvin Towery is the point of contact at 270-705-1776.

Cape Girardeau Public Schools are collecting school supplies and non-perishable food items to send to Kentucky schools. You can drop items off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CMS through Dec. 31.

The Obion County Fair started a relief fund at Security Bank and Trust in Union City with a donation of $10,000. It’s called “Obion County Tornado Relief Fund.” They said this is for all Obion County residents affected by the storm. All of the money donated will be donated to and dispersed through the United Way of Obion County. Donations can also be made online.

According to the Mayfield-Graves County Regional Emergency Operations Center, donations of water, clothing and household items are sufficient in the area. They said there is an immediate need for: generators, new red gas and yellow diesel cans (used cans will not be accepted), electric and propane heaters, extension cords (14-100 ft.), power strips and tarps. The items may be donated at 1 General Tire Way in Mayfield, Ky. (the old General Tire plant). If you have specific good or resources, you can visit them online.

Notre Dame High School is teaming with the Sikeston Bulldogs to support tornado relief efforts in western Kentucky. A portion of the gate money from the Sikeston vs. Notre Dame boys’ basketball game on Friday, Dec. 17 will be donated to the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Ky. Donations will also be taken. The JV game tips off at Notre Dame Regional High School at 6 p.m. with the varsity game after. If you are unable to make the game, but still want to donate, you can click here.

The Cafaro Foundation, the the philanthropic arm of the Kentucky Oaks Mall’s parent company, will match donations up to $10,00 when donations are made to the American Red Cross-Western Kentucky Chapter through this website.

Operation BBQ Relief is raising money to help feed those in western Kentucky affected by the recent tornado. They help provide hot meals for families, first responders and communities.


As of Tuesday, Dec. 14, the need for volunteers in Graves County has been met, but there will be a need for help in the coming weeks as recovery efforts continue. Volunteers are asked to be part of an organized group, with a concentrated mission. Groups can call the Tornado Volunteer Hotline at 270-216-0903 or email their information to Please include the number of volunteers in your group, types of assistance you can provide, and times your group can be available. The Graves County Emergency Management has also established a website where groups can sign up.

Kentucky State Police, Post 1 asks those wishing to volunteer to call 270-331-1979

For volunteer sign up, Graves County Emergency Management has established a website.

The Mayfield Police Department asked that volunteers wanting to assist check in at Catalyst Church on Kings Drive.

The Mayfield Graves County Chamber of Commerce posted several options for those wanting to help tornado victims.

Volunteers with medical skills may call 270-804-1742 to contact the health department for information on how to help with a shelter for individuals with medical needs.

Volunteers are needed at Kenlake, Kentucky Dam Village, Rough River Dam and Lake Barkley State Parks. Volunteers will need to provide their own accommodations. Some parks can provide a camping space for self-contained camping. People willing to volunteer should email Andy Kasitz at

Starting on Dec. 16, all volunteers for Marshall County need to check in at the Marshall County High School main office, not East Marshall Fire Department.

Volunteers are needed at Talon Falls Adventure Park to help wrap more than 7,500 toys for children and families directly impacted by the tornado. They will be wrapping now through Thursday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, you can call 270-674-5690. The toys will be distributed at a free Christmas Wonderland event at Talon Falls in Melber, Ky. on Thursday, Dec. 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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