LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As tornado-ravaged communities across Kentuckiana begin cleaning up from the devastating storms, WAVE 3 viewers are asking how they can help.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the best way to help is to make a financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross. You can donate money to the local chapter of the American Red Cross by clicking here. You can also donate to the national Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), and you can make a $10 donation by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.
- WAVE 3 has teamed up with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army for a Call to Help phone bank so you can call in your donations. The phone bank will take place Monday, March 5 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesday, March 6 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The number to call is (502) 571-3333. Members of the WAVE 3 team will be happy to take your pledges, every donation counts.
- If you would like to volunteer your time with the United Way, a volunteer command post as been set up in Jeffersonville. It's at an old auto shop at 723 Spring Street. The hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Kroger stores throughout the region are now set up as collection points for cash donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund. Customers can donate any amount they wish as they purchase groceries. Their donation will be added to their total and listed on their receipt.
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- Sojourn Community Church in Floyd County is accepting food, clothing and monetary donations for the Red Cross. The address is 2023 Ekin Ave., New Albany.
- Helping Hands Thrift Store at 1710 10th Street in Jeffersonville has secured another building in front of the store to collect and distribute donations for tornado victims. The store is accepting clothing, household items, etc.
- Scott County Community Clearing House at One Community Way in Scottsburg is accepting donations of clothing, blankets and basic first aid supplies. It is open for drop-offs Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
- Vienna Baptist Church at 11 West Leota Road in Scottsburg has opened a shelter for food and minor first aid.
- Southeast's Country Lake Christian Retreat in Underwood, IN is fully equipped and ready to take anyone affected by the tornado at no cost. "We have tons of food, blankets and supplies," said Ross Knecht with Country Lake. "We are equipped to sleep 300 and feed more than 1,000."
- Family Dollar in Henryville is giving away emergency supplies and cooler items to anyone who needs them. The address is 216 Colonels Way East, Henryville, IN 47126.
- There is a drive-thru donation site at the rest area off I-65 Southbound Exit 23.
- There is also a donation site at the Old Census Bureau in Jeffersonville, located at 700 Patrol Road.
- Rock Creek Community Academy located at 11515 Hwy 31, Sellersburg, IN is accepting clothing donations. They will be taking the clothes Monday - Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
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