LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Those in eastern Kentucky are devastated by the recent flooding in the area, and are asking for help.
Jefferson County Public Schools teacher April Back-Stevens is from Letcher County and told WHAS11 News her parent's home looked like it was floating after water surrounded their house.
She says when it comes to how to others can help, her mother said it best: "We don't care who or where the help comes from, we just need help."
According to Gov. Andy Beshear, nearly $700,000 has been donated to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Money donated to the fund goes directly toward supporting flood survivors now and in the long road to recovery.
The fund's first expenditure, Beshear said, will be providing money for flood victims' families.
DONATION SPOTS IN LOUISVILLE
If you're unable to donate monetarily, you can still help survivors by donating essential items.
The organizations Queer Kentucky and Southerly partnered together to create four drop-off stations. They are asking for supplies like bottled water, cleaning supplies, plus-size clothing and hand tools.
The donation stations are located at:
- Old Louisville Coffee Co-Op: 316 W Ormsby Avenue
- Rainbow Blossom in Middletown: 12232 Shelbyville Road
- 502 Power Yoga in the Highlands: 2210 Dundee Road #203
- Sister Bean's Coffee House: 5225 New Cut Road
Senator Rand Paul is also looking to help, he says if any Kentuckian is in need of assistance with federal agencies due to the flooding, they can contact his office at (202) 224-4343.
The Veteran's Club is hosting a donation drive Monday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m at 4218 Shelbyville Road. The items they are looking for are:
- new clothing in all sizes
- non-perishable foods
- dog and cat food
- cleaning supplies
- over-the-counter medicine
Carmichael's Bookstore is hosting a fundraiser on Aug. 6. All profits from purchases made either online or in their stores that day will go towards relief funds.
Mayor Greg Fischer said an essential needs donation drive will happen Wednesday. People can drop off supplies outside Metro Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They will accept:
- Soap, body wash, bath wipes and facial tissues
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Disposable razors and shaving cream
- Feminine hygiene products
- First aid kits and items included in first aid kits
- Fans and dehumidifiers
- Hand sanitizer
Kroger and UPS also partnered together, and are collecting donations at select Kroger locations through Thursday.