Here’s how to help tornado damaged areas in Kentucky

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KENTUCKY (WFIE) - As relief efforts continue for tornado victims, we’ve teamed up with Salvation Army to help raise money for disaster relief.

This afternoon Hilton Howell, the CEO of Gray TV , the owner of WFIE, presented the organization with a $100,000 check for our “Heal Western Kentucky” fundraiser.

If you would like to donate to help Heal Western Kentucky, you can do so by testing “HLTORNADO” to 51555. You can find more details here.

“Our hearts go out to the thousands of people impacted by these horrific storms. We know it will be a long road ahead for families and communities to heal,” said Gray Executive Chairman and CEO Hilton H. Howell. “It is without hesitation that we partner with The Salvation Army as they always go above and beyond the call of duty when providing disaster relief efforts to survivors and rescue workers. To help ‘Heal the Heartland’, Gray Television has made a $100,000 donation.”

Thousands of dollars have also been donated by some local companies, including Deaconess Health System, which presented a $10,000 check on Midday with Mike.

Also, SSNC Technologies, German American Bank, Old National Bank, Shoe Carnival and Toyota.

As search and rescue efforts continue in impacted counties, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky sent us a list of other ways to help:

Donate to disaster relief funds

Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

Kentucky Red Cross:

Donate online here

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

To donate by phone via credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)

Hopkins County officials say they appreciate all of the donations of clothes, toys and food, but they currently don’t have any place to store them.

They’re asking for monetary donations, accepted at Planters Bank in Dawson Springs, Independence Bank and First United Methodist Church.

Also, they still need volunteers and they ask that you call the EMA HOTLINE at (270) 825-5024.

However, the Dawson Springs fire chief says they need the following items. They can be taken to supplies to Manufacturing Supply Warehouse in Madisonville:

Tarps, hammers, nails, batteries, flashlights, generators, fuel in cans, home health, baby medicine, and diabetic supplies.

In Bremen, a staging area for anyone wanting to volunteer to assist with cleanup has been established at 141 N. Church St Bremen, Ky.

Volunteers need to go to this location and sign in.

They are in need of chainsaw gas, chainsaws, and chains.

A fund has been established. Money can be delivered in person at city hall in Central City and at the Central City Convention Center. Online donations can be here.

Residents needing assistance with debris removal from their residence can contact The Bremen Fire Department at 270-525-6002.

Shop Local Kentucky – purchase a “Kentucky Strong” T-shirt and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund

Owensboro Public Schools will be collecting monetary donations in the form of cash or Wal-Mart gift cards that will be donated directly to the Family Resource Youth Service Centers of school districts that were impacted by the tornadoes on December 10.

Donate blood

Kentucky Red Cross: Find your local blood bank here

Kentucky Blood Center: Find a drive here

Support pets/stray animals in need

The Humane Society Animal Rescue & Response Team

Kentucky Humane Society

Report Price Gouging

It’s illegal for retailers to bump up the prices of certain things during an emergency. If you see it happening you can report it online or call 1-888-432-9257.

See all of our deadly storm coverage here.

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