LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentuckians will travel to help with the recovery effort after tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee on Tuesday morning, killing at least two dozen people.
Two groups with volunteers from the Lexington area, Kentucky First Responders and Crossroads Church, will leave in the coming days to bring donations and assist with cleanup in the Nashville area.
A group of volunteers with Kentucky First Responders, including police officers and firefighters from the Lexington area, will head to Putnam County on Wednesday, according to member Steven Cobb.
The group will help whoever they can, he said, but will focus on first responders in need.
"You truly can understand how this affects them on a day to day basis," he said, "and the fact that so many of these people do the same jobs we do, we can understand that a lot of times our calling comes first, then we take care of ourselves."
The group has a surplus of physical supplies like water and tools, Cobb said, but is asking for monetary donations to assist communities in their recovery.
Donations can be made through FOP Bluegrass Lodge 4.
A group of volunteers from Crossroads Church, including people from Lexington, Georgetown and Richmond, will also leave for the Nashville area in the coming days.
"I hope we can bring some help and some comfort to the people that we’re going to interact with," said Darin Kroger with Crossroads church, "whether that is picking up debris from their yard, putting a tarp on their house to protect the belongings that they still have."
The church has also pledged a donation of $50,000 to assist with recovery efforts.