December 13, 2021 1:33pm
From the Desk of the CEO: 12/13/21
In the wake of the horrific tornadoes that devastated and destroyed many towns and communities in Western Kentucky, our hearts are heavy as thousands of our fellow Kentuckians grapple with major damage, destruction, and loss. As their devastation turns to grief, and that grief turns to rebuilding, our neighbors to the south and west need our help.
Over the past 48 hours, I have been touched by the number of calls from our local business leaders eager to do whatever they can to help. In these dark times, I am reminded of the strength, resilience, and bond between Kentuckians and their unrelenting desire to help one another.
To support existing efforts of our members, we built a directory of local companies that are organizing supply and monetary donations for Western Kentucky organizations and individuals. If you or your business has a relief fund or supply drive, please email Olivia Sievert with more information so we can help spread the word. View the full directory here.
GLI has been in communication with the Governor’s office and Mayor’s office to offer assistance from the Louisville regional business community. A coordinated response will maximize our ability to assist those who need it most. There are a few actions you can take today to help:
- Donate blood. There is currently a serious shortage of blood across the state. You can find a local drive or donation center close to you and schedule an appointment through the American Red Cross. There are still appointments available this week, including same day appointments.
- Donate supplies. Many local churches, schools, and nonprofits in Greater Louisville and Western Kentucky are collecting essential supplies to distribute to individuals and families in need. WFPL has compiled a list of some of those locations, which is constantly updating. Suggested donations include gas for generators, flash lights, head lamps, batteries, utility gloves, phone chargers, gas cans, socks, undergarments, blankets, coats, warm clothes, shoes, toiletries, paper towels, plastic utensils, paper plates, feminine hygiene products, baby formula, diapers, wipes, water, non-perishable foods.
The Governor also established the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to aid every community impacted by the tornadoes and many local organizations are also accepting monetary donations. Note that this list is not exhaustive, but a great starting point for distributing the most urgent items.
While the focus is currently on getting people essential resources and shelter, we know these communities will need our support in the months and years ahead as they seek to rebuild their homes and businesses. We will continue communicating opportunities to support this effort and encourage you and your business to support in whatever ways you are able.