Our thoughts and efforts are directed towards the communities impacted by the devastating tornadoes and severe weather system on December 10.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CARE PACKAGES

Lotus is currently collecting donations of the following items at our Paducah campus to be distributed in care packages to impacted survivors, children, and families in the Purchase Area.

  • Walmart, Kroger, or VISA gift cards
  • Bottled water and juice boxes/bottles
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • New blankets
  • New toys and stuffed animals

To donate the items above, please drop them off at our Paducah campus at 1605 North Friendship Road, Paducah, KY 42001. Please go straight down the driveway towards the right side of the building and leave items in the plastic bins near the teal chairs. Questions? Contact us at communityimpact@lotusky.org or 270-534-4422 ex. 20.

For a list of area drop-off sites for donations of essentials and clean-up materials, visit WPSDlocal6.com.

MONETARY DONATIONS

If you are able to make a monetary contribution towards relief efforts, at this time we ask that you consider donating to the Community Foundation of West Kentucky Disaster Relief FundUnited Way of Kentucky, or Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

VOLUNTEER

The Mayfield Messenger is organizing clean-up volunteers to sign up online in the areas in which they are best suited to help.

Additional Information About Disasters & Traumatic Stress

For Survivors

The effects of tornadoes can be long-lasting and the resulting trauma can reverberate even with those not directly affected by the disaster. It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have very strong emotional reactions. Understanding normal responses to these abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery. LEARN MORE

For Parents & Caregivers

Children may react differently to the tornado and its aftermath depending on their age, developmental level, and prior experiences. Parents should expect that different children may respond to events in different ways and be supportive and understanding of different reactions. LEARN MORE

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