Western KY December 2021 tornado victims invited to Christmas in July
(KBSI) – Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear and Gov. Andy Beshear invite families impacted by the December 2021 tornadoes to join them for upcoming Christmas in July events.
The events will include Santa Claus, food and gifts, including toys and presents from the First Lady’s Christmas Toy Drive that were delivered after Christmas or left over after four local toy giveaways and deliveries directly to western Kentucky families.
The Christmas in July celebrations will allow families to take home additional gifts after they’ve settled into housing.
There will be two events in western Kentucky.
Tuesday, July 12
Purchase Area Development District
1002 Medical Drive
Tuesday, July 12
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Conference Center
8682 US Highway 641
At least 100,000 toys, thousands of shoes and tens of thousands of gift cards were donated in December, sent by families from at least 36 different U.S. states, as far as Alaska.
The First Lady is no longer accepting toy or gift card donations, but encourages those who want to support families impacted by the tornadoes to donate to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
More than 150,000 individuals and organizations from all over the world have contributed to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, raising more than $52 million to assist in long-term recovery. More than $26.8 million has been distributed from the fund to individual Kentuckians and families as they rebuild from the December 2021 tornadoes. This includes funeral expenses to the families of the dead, payments to insured and uninsured homeowners and renters and funds to build 300 homes through the help of Homes and Hope for Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center on Housing.
A new effort to help farmers in western Kentucky is the Graves County Grain Assistance Program.
The Team West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will also provide aid through the program to help local farmers doing business with Mayfield Grain Co., which took a direct hit from the tornadoes.
Donations to the fund are still being accepted. All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.