Colorado Red Cross Chapter calls for donations to help Kentucky after deadly and devastating tornado – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the American Red Cross said that while it will not send crews, at this time, to the destruction of the tornadoes in Kentucky, it will help raise funds to support their efforts. A massive line of storms moved from the south to the Midwest, causing at least one tornado that moved more than 200 miles in Kentucky alone.

MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY – DECEMBER 11: Postal vehicles are wrecked behind the post office after a tornado swept through the area the night before on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Ky. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

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“This is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family,” said Catie Ballenger, communications manager for the American Red Cross in Colorado and Wyoming.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said more than 70 people could have died when the tornado affected more than 200 miles in the state, but the death toll could exceed 100 in 10 or more counties.

The town of Mayfield, in western Kentucky, was the storm’s “zero point” – a scene of “massive devastation,” an official said. (Photo by JOHN AMIS / AFP via Getty Images)

“We have Red Cross volunteers on standby, ready to pick up at any time to help those affected by the tornadoes,” Ballenger said.

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For now, the CO-WY chapter asks the Coloradans to donate online.

“90% of all donations go directly to disaster victims. “

MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY – DECEMBER 11: An aerial view of homes and businesses destroyed by a tornado on December 11, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

She said they would probably send volunteers while waiting for the call.

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People can donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-red-cross, visiting Redcross.org, or texting “Red Cross” to 90999 to donate $ 10.

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