I was traveling from Washington, DC back to Connecticut early Saturday morning and as soon as we boarded the plane we were informed of a 3-hour delay due to weather. Then we all learned of the utter devastation suffered by the people of Kentucky, dozens killed and scores still missing and injured – with entire towns wiped out by tornadoes.

I got home 3 hours late, but at least I had a home to return to and my family was safe.

I made a donation to the American Red Cross to help with the recovery efforts in Kentucky. If you’re in a position to help, here is how the Governor of Kentucky encourages people to help in any way they can.

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund 

Gov. Andy Beshear has established a fund to assist tornado victims and begin rebuilding. Donate at secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Finance/WKYRelief or by sending a check to Public Protection Cabinet, 500 Mero St., 218 NC, Frankfort, KY 40601.

American Red Cross 

Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999.

Aspire Appalachia 

Send donations to [email protected] or PO Box 1255, Jackson, KY 41339.


The nonprofit based in Atlanta is partnering with Louisville’s Change Today, Change Tomorrow to distribute food, water and cash vouchers to affected families. Donate to the tornado relief fund here.

Global Empowerment Mission

The disaster relief nonprofit based in Miami is sending trucks of supplies to western Kentucky, in partnership with Racing Louisville and Louisville City Football Club. Donate funds at globalempowermentmission.org/mission/kentucky-tornadoes/.

Global Giving 

The D.C.-based nonprofit has established a Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund at globalgiving.org/projects/midwest-tornado-relief-fund/.

Kentucky Counseling Center

The organization is collecting donations that counselors and social workers in Graves County will distribute to affected families. Donate at kentuckycounselingcenter.com/mayfield-fund/.