Laurel Community Participates in Tornado Relief | Local News

Several local agencies and businesses are collecting items for victims of Saturday’s tornadoes in western Kentucky and are welcoming donations from the public.

The Sentinel-Echo and Corbin Times Tribune at 115 CVB Drive serve as a drop-off point in coordination with the Somerset Commonwealth Journal, which has partnered with Wildcat Used Cars and Core Trans Trucking to collect and ship items to Mayfield.

Items collected are: socks, blankets, towels and washcloths, sheets, coats, warm clothes, food (non-perishable), water, new underwear, shoes, batteries, diapers, formula, baby wipes and baby food and pet food.

A 53-foot truck has already been loaded and left Monday morning at the Graves/Mayfield County Fairgrounds where National Guard troops were there to unload the items. Collections will continue all week at the Sentinel/Times Tribune office, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Laurel County African American Heritage Council is also collecting for victims of the tornado. According to Wayne Riley, coordinator, the LCAAHC does not collect clothes but accepts donations of toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, hygiene items such as shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, bandages and non-perishable foods.

“We also collect women’s hygiene items and pull-up type underwear for adults,” Riley said. “And water – water is a big, big thing that is badly needed.”

Riley said he had already collected items from several companies and would be leaving when the trailer was full.

“Donations can be dropped off at our kitchen at 1313 North Mill Street,” Riley said. “If there’s no one, they can call my cell phone and I’ll come back for their donations.”

Riley can be reached at (606) 224-8111, and said if someone is recovering and doesn’t have transportation, they will collect items and take them to western Kentucky.

• The Laurel County school system is also doing its part to help victims of the tornado. The “Stuff the Truck” effort involves collecting bottled water, Gatorade, Goldfish crackers and Cheez-its, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning wipes, Lysol spray and Pine Sol. Donations can be dropped off at any school in Laurel County by Wednesday, December 15. A delivery truck will depart Thursday, Dec. 16 to deliver the items to Western Kentucky. The Laurel County School System partners with the Kentucky Baptist Association to collect these items. Drop boxes will be located in the lobby of all schools for those wishing to help.

• The London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce also collects items for residents of Western Kentucky. Necessary items include flashlights, headlamps, batteries, work/utility gloves, new socks, new underwear, blankets, coats, warm clothes, shoes, and toiletries . Donations can be dropped off at the House office at 409 South Main Street, adjacent to the Laurel County Judicial Center.

• The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund is live at This is the official statewide relief fund.

Restoration Ministries accepts donations. They can be dropped off at Restoration Christian Academy, located at 420 Lily School Road. If you have any questions, call 606-261-7926. Volunteers will be needed to help load the U-Hauls and trucks Wednesday night and Thursday morning before church members depart for their second drop-off in Bowling Green at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The City of London Fire Service, 911 Fire Rescue Drive, London, collects donations 24/7.

The Laurel County Health Department, 525 Whitley St., London, accepts donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main entrance.

Miss Teen Laurel County Bella Sizemore, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office and the I’m So Fancy Boutique have partnered to offer a disaster relief campaign. Citizens can drop off coats of all sizes, non-perishable food and bottled water at the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 203 South Broad Street or at I’m So Fancy at 468 North Laurel Road.

Fiesta Mexicana Grill at 1916 Hwy. 192, London, will have a trailer to collect donations from 11 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Sunday. Donations can be dropped off during business hours. Baby items, bottled water, non-perishable food, coats, socks, blankets, toiletries, tarps, garbage bags, and batteries are items listed as needed.

The Southeast South-Central Education Co-operative is accepting donations at 55 Waco Drive, London. The filing date ends Thursday, December 16.

Donate online to the American Red Cross. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross disaster relief. To donate over the phone by credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).

The Kentucky Restaurant Association will collect donations and distribute them to affected restaurants. Donate to

This is not an exhaustive list. If you would like your relief efforts included, please email [email protected]

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