West Liberty, Ky. Click to enlarge.

(Editor’s note: This post will be updated as we collect and verify information.)

Thankfully, Louisville was spared the violence and destruction of this week’s deadly storms.

But that also means we have a responsibility to help our

neighbors.

There are several groups on the ground and volunteers are everywhere. Needs are many and changing by the day, so here is how you can help:

  • ValuMarket is now a drop off point at any of their Louisville area locations for anyone wanting to donate food. Bottled water is in great demand. They are also accepting cleaning supplies, clothing, blankets and other basic essentials.
  • Red Cross in Clark County is asking anyone wishing to help victims, please call 812-283-8416. They are also asking people to not go to Henryville, as there is too much damage to infrastructure to support a large influx of volunteers. Kentucky authorities are requesting curious sightseers to stay out of West Liberty.
  • Kick in with a donation to the Red Cross. Text “REDCROSS” 90999 for a $10 donation or go to www.redcross.org
  • Employees of the Louisville-based Thorntons gas stations/convenience stores are on their way to Southern Indiana, delivering 500 box lunches and water to emergency workers that will be on site to help with the relief efforts Friday’s tornadoes.
  • Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge in Jeffersonville, Ind. and J. Shepherd Cigars on Bardstown Road in the Highlands are donating 10 percent  of their sales from March 3 to March 10 to aid the Red Cross in recovery efforts. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
  • The Salvation Army already has a major presence in the damage area. See the video for details. See their website  here for complete information. Sending “STORM” via text message to 80888 will charge $10 to your next cell phone bill to distribute to The Salvation Army (You will need to reply “yes” when asked).
  • This from CBS: Feeding America, a group that works with food banks, offers lists of local food banks and contact information searchable by state or zip code: feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
  • From Shawn Reynolds, the Weather Channel producer (@TWC_Shawn) on Twitter: Check with your employer to find out if they have a plan to match charitable donations.
  • The United Auto Workers union in Louisville is taking donations of clothing, blankets, and canned goods. These items will be delivered by volunteers of the union’s Community Services Committee. You can drop off items at the Kentucky Truck Plant union hall, located at 2702 Chamberlain Lane. Questions about items can be directed to Edith Mae Flowers, (812-225-6064).

Keep an eye on Twitter and other social media for more groups pitching in, and check back here often as we add more.

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Brian Tucker is a lifelong Louisvillian. He is the founder of The Valley Report, and has been writing on Southwest Louisville's political environment for several years.

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