Thursday, March 8, 2012

Here is a Way to Help the Families Devastated by the #Tornadoes in Kentucky

Calling on All Bloggers - and fellow social media junkies....
                 PLEASE Let's use our on-line reach and voices for good!



We've all been watching the news coverage of the aftermath of the terrible storms that have swept through the Midwest.
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Some of my bloggy pals are calling on the social media community to help make an impact.

Our friend, Barb, lives in one of the hard-hit communities in Kentucky.  She is trying to spread the word about the ongoing recovery.  Here's what she reported over the weekend:
"As of today, the donation areas are out of food and towels and are in desperate need of support...the people of Kentucky who are living through this disaster are in GREAT need."Barb has posted an article with information on donation opportunities, and she is asking for our help in spreading the word to our readers who may be able to help. She added:"If anyone would like to make a direct impact, I am accepting Paypal donation to make a grocery run for the shelters based on lists they will provide.  I will be happy to scan and provide a receipt for those looking for confirmation or a tax receipt for their efforts.  My Paypal is ruralmoms@gmail.com; - people are free to contact me via this address with questions or alternative donation methods."
Please join us in helping Barb and all of the others in these hard-hit areas.  You can spread the word about donation needs and make donations to help relief efforts where possible.

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Read Barb's Blog - RuralMom.com - For more Information.

She's doing a great job.  This was her post from the weekend:


Local donation efforts


Our County, along with neighboring counties suffered a tremendous amount of damage last week when tornadoes touched down in Kentucky.  Sadly, people lost so much: loved ones and homes.  To attempt to describe the experience or the aftermath would be futile of me, I don't think I could properly convey the depth of tragedy nature's wrath can inflict.

What I can offer is a perspective on the amazing relief efforts taking place here in our small communities.  Cars and trucks line up along the entrances to our schools, delivering much needed items like water, cleaning supplies, food, and blankets.  People young and old are carrying, organizing, and ensuring these items reach those who are in great need of them.  Local volunteers, telephone crews, electric crews, and the National Guard are working diligently to clean up and repair the affected areas.

It is a beautiful sight to behold when you watch the big hearts of small towns working together to rebuild the community and offer some hope to those in need.

Despite the best efforts of the local community, we are still in desperate need of Food!

With the additional weight of the snow storms that landed in the area, efforts were crippled or delayed.  Food and basic supplies are very much needed by those who are still without homes or living without power.

Continued prayers for those affected by the storms.  If you are in any way able to help, please do!

Interested parties wanting to make donations should go to http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/VolunteerCoordination.aspx; for directions and list of registered charities and affiliates.

Update:  More donation information and local volunteer opportunities can be found at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/msucares/

If you would like to make a direct donation to support FOOD SHELF efforts for Menifee and Morgan Counties, please donate via the PayPal button below.  All money will  be used for food purchases which will be delivered directly to shelters.  No amount is too small.  When people are hungry, a few dollars can go a long way!

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Just think, if every one of my readers would donate just $1, we could raise these people up with more than $3,000.
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I would love it if you would tell your friends and spread the word. Let's use the power of social media to make a difference.

Thanks to Barb, and Closer To Lucy for coordinating this effort.


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