Our hearts are heavy as the news and images of the damage, destruction, and loss of lives as a result of Saturday’s tornadoes continue to fill our news feeds. We hold up in prayer all the victims of the storms, but in particular our neighbors in Southwestern Kentucky.
The Diocese of Southern Ohio has forwarded a gift to the Diocese of Kentucky Bishop’s Discretionary Fund for tornado relief. In this Advent season of waiting and preparation for the coming of our savior, please consider giving generously to those whose preparations and very lives have been swept away and replaced with uncertainty and despair. Information on giving to individual churches affected by the storms or to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund are below. You may also consider a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development disaster fund, where your gift will help to provide relief and support to the affected communities in both the short- and the long-term.
O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that
thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men:
Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom
our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy,
nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of
thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give
them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
Bishop Provisional of Southern Ohio
The most effective way to help right now is to send a financial contribution that can be used for local needs. During disasters, churches are often able to fill in the gaps of specific needs that are missed by the larger response systems or needs that are too urgent to wait.
There are a few congregations in the affected area that can accept online donations. You can donate to their discretionary funds directly, or donate to the bishop’s discretionary fund using the links below:
Donate to Christ Church, Bowling Green here
Donate to St. John’s, Murray here
Donate to Grace Episcopal, Paducah here
You can donate to the Bishop’s Discretionary fund online here
or you can make checks out to Diocese of KY Bishop’s Discretionary Fund with tornado relief in the memo line and mail to
The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky
425 S. 2nd Street Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
For those wishing to make check contributions to other affected parishes – the Diocese of Kentucky will process and distribute to the parish that you designate on the check or where most needed if no church is indicated.
You can donate to the state’s official Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund here
Graves County (where Mayfield is located) Emergency Management has created a web form to coordinate volunteers & donations here