Mayor Announces Basic Needs Donation Drive to Help Those Affected by Flooding in Eastern Kentucky

Responding to an outpouring of concern from Louisville residents about those affected by the catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a vital donation campaign to help provide the Whitesburg Medical Clinic general hygiene and sanitary products.

“We are only beginning to understand the extent of the destruction, yet so many Louisvillers are stepping in and asking how they can help,” the mayor said. “We’ve been in touch with one of our amazing community partners, SOS International, who has been on the ground in Whitesburg, to learn how our caring community can help residents of Eastern Kentucky. One of the big needs right now is for general hygiene products, so let’s all get together and pack a truckload with supplies for Eastern Kentucky.

The Whitesburg Medical Clinic, located in Whitesburg, Ky., has been devastated by flooding and is in immediate need of at least 3,000 of the following items:

  • Soap, body wash, bath wipes and tissues
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrushes and combs
  • Disposable razors and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First aid kits and items included in first aid kits
  • Fans and dehumidifiers
  • Hydroalcoholic gel

The mayor also pointed out that the state has set up a flood fund for eastern Kentucky. “Monetary donations are one of the best ways to ensure that people in Eastern Kentucky have what they need to recover.” To donate to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/FormServices/Finance/EKYFloodRelief

SOS trucks will be parked in front of Metro Hall at 527 W. Jefferson Street on Wednesday, August 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. so residents can drop off hygiene products. The mayor stressed that donations should be limited to the essential items listed above.

SOS is contributing its expertise and resources to meet the medical and health needs of flood-affected residents of Eastern Kentucky. The coordination and appropriate deployment of aid is essential to ensure equitable and responsible delivery of medical supplies. As a leading global health organization with experience in disaster relief, SOS facilitates matching the needs of hospitals and clinics in the affected area with the supplies available from SOS and its network. of partner hospitals.

Denise Sears, President and CEO of SOS, was with the SOS team as they delivered 42,000 medical supplies to Whitesburg on Sunday and witnessed the impact of the record flooding. “The scenes of devastation were heartbreaking, and it is important to help them recover as quickly as possible by ensuring our efforts are coordinated and responding to a comprehensive needs assessment,” she said.

After his visit on Sunday, Sears spent most of Monday contacting area clinics and health care organizations to match available help to their needs. “SOS donates medical supplies around the world, and we are actively donating supplies in Eastern Kentucky, but we must also donate our expertise and time to ensure that each affected organization receives all the necessary resources. .”

Additionally, Metro Hall and the City Hall Clock Tower will be lit green on Tuesday, August 2 and remain green until sunset on Monday, August 8 in honor of Kentuckians lost or affected by historic flooding in eastern Kentucky.

To learn more about the Whitesburg Medical Clinic, visit https://www.mchcky.com/locations-2

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