Just Go To RedCross.org And Donate This Morning

The best way you can support tornado-ravaged areas is to give to the Red Cross. Rather than give money to people or charity events that may not ensure all funds get where they need to go, give directly to the Red Cross. It’s the quickest way to guarantee your support and it is sorely needed. [CLICK HERE]

Read the names of Kentucky tornado victims and be thankful you’re alive. [H-L]

We’re surprised Andy Wolfson made it to West Liberty. As you read it, be sure to contribute to the Red Cross if you have not already done so. [C-J/AKN]

Yesterday John Yarmuth cosponsored the Teacher Tax Relief Act, which extends and increases the educator tax deduction to $500. Teachers use this deduction to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies and professional development costs. [Press Release]

Most of these tornado victims in West Liberty won’t easily be able to resume their normal lives because there’s nothing to go back to. No home, no job, no town. [H-L]

There’s a time and a place for political quid-pro-quo back patting. Republican Damon Thayer apparently has no filter and doesn’t realize he should have saved his pat-a-caking for a later date. [Page One]

Henryville is fortunate that its cleanup efforts will have better support and be easier than those in Kentucky. [FOX41]

We’ve been so caught up in the aftermath of tornado disaster that we missed this stuff about the Special Olympics state competition. [C-J/AKN]

You’d never know by watching WAVE3 or checking its website that tornadoes caused more damage throughout its own state – market aside – than in the concentrated area it’s focusing all tornado coverage. [WAVE3]

Black and Latino students across the United States are far more likely to be suspended than white students – and far less likely to have access to rigorous college-prep courses, according to a sweeping study released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. [Reuters]

If you’re an area business or have millions of dollars, you most certainly can afford to do what these folks are doing. Just give back and support your people. [Business First]

At least one area television outlet realizes that the damage in Eastern Kentucky is worth talking about. [WHAS11]

10 thoughts on “Just Go To RedCross.org And Donate This Morning

  1. Hey Jake… please check on something that I heard this morning, I have a co worker that is from West Liberty, when she was taking to her family, she found out that the Red Cross, (ones from out of town) were denying services to some folks when they came to them for aid. One person they denied was an 😯 year old man!

    I’ve donated once and was planning on doing it again, but it won’t be to the red cross, I’ve found out that Bank of the Mountains will be taking donations.

    Please understand, it was a handful of folks denying aid, I’m not saying all of the Red Cross, but apprently they were told if they were not staying at the shelter they could not give them aid, (that is was for people staying there only).

    My understanding is that if someone comes to them in need, be it a hot meal or what have you, a person will get it. Am I wrong?

  2. Pretty sure that didn’t happen. You’re being fed a story. And not just because it’s so busy there that it’s nearly impossible to turn someone away.

    99% of work and efforts at the Red Cross shelter and distribution center are for non-shelter folks.

    There’s even a local, Alex Wright, who was volunteering there as an MD.

    The people running the joint are folks I’ve known since I was four or five years of age. Not exactly the type to turn anybody away for any reason.

  3. Jake, Louisville seems to be focusing attention on Henryville primarily because it is a recognized part of our immediate “Kentuckiana” area & an active participant in our media market. Easy access to Louisville for reporters as well as for local aid groups.
    Isn’t Lexington stepping up to concentrate aid efforts on their Eastern Kentucky brethren?

  4. Jake: You are correct. Michele’s co-worker is wrong. The Red Cross does not turn away people who were affected by the storm — and you don’t have to stay in the RC shelter to receive assistance.

  5. Red Cross workers are out in force in affected areas providing food and water to affected residents and emergency workers. The shelters offer a safe place to stay, food, minor first aid and a shoulder to lean on. For updated information on Red Cross shelter openings, visit http://www.redcross.org and click “Find a Shelter” under “How to Get Help.” People can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

  6. I agree–WAVE3 needs to expand its coverage bigtime. Also I just made a donation, and I encourage others to do so now–if you have time to read my two cents worth, then you have plenty of time to make a donation.

  7. NN:

    The Red Cross shelter in West Liberty – and to my knowledge, the one in Henryville, as well – is providing more than minor first aid. They’re offering full-on health care.

    In West Liberty, it’s a bit of a necessity and they have MDs volunteering. One was a Louisvillian (from the mountains) named Alex Wright.

  8. I encourage all medical folks who can do so to volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps. Too late for this disaster (it is program that has to vet you and such) but they are always in need of “prescribing partners” – MDs, PAs, and ARNPs. They have been trying to get MRC folks from the Louisville area who meet that criteria willing to go to the West Liberty area, I know

  9. Thanks, Jake. And by now, the Red Cross shelters probably have mental health professionals on-site, too. They have a great program for helping kids get through the trauma.

  10. I am sure they will say they are doing it too show the emotional effect so people will help. But I can not help but feel that the reporters are exploiting victims of the storms at times. When they ask someone who is going thru there belongings and ask them “How does it feel to see your home like this?” and then when the lady says she can not put it into words do not follow up with “So you have lived here for 15 years what do you do now?”. Don’t add to their grieve by pointing things out so you can tape their response. I do not mean all reporters are doing this but the ones that are should stop. Do not want to single anyone out for bad stuff but on a good note glad to see Andy from WHAS GMK putting his arm around people as they had emotional responses.

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