Southwest Virginia organizations deploy volunteers to help with Kentucky disaster relief

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Search and rescue teams continue sifting through the rubble following a series of devastating tornadoes in the Mid-South.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says more than 100 people are still unaccounted for after the weekend storms.

Volunteers from both the Southwest Virginia Red Cross and God’s Pit Crew rushed to get supplies to those who are in need in Mayfield, Kentucky.

God’s Pit Crew says 25 members of their immediate response team are carrying loads of Blessing Buckets, which include daily necessities like food, personal hygiene items, a Bible, and more.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Virginia Red Cross is supplying blood and other essentials.

“This is a really bad disaster. They are all bad, but this one is one of the worst, especially for December, that I’ve ever seen or heard of,” said Randy Johnson, founder, and director of God’s Pit Crew.

Johnson says he has dedicated 21 years to helping save lives. He is shocked by the magnitude of damage caused by the tornado. He says some other team members are traveling to that area from other parts of the country.

On top of their Kentucky relief efforts, they also delivered a semi-truck-load of supplies to Arkansas, which was also hit hard by the storms.

“Excavators, skid steers — you know, all of those things that are headed out to cut trees, move debris, tarp roof,” said Johnson. “Whatever we can do to help the folks out there.”

The executive director of the Southwest Virginia Red Cross, Jackie Grant, says they also deployed an emergency response team.

“The main goal of the American Red Cross is to make sure people have a place to stay, food to eat, critical relief supply like blood, and emotional support from the amazing volunteers,” said Grant.

She adds that the Red Cross was prepared even before the storm hit. They were already working with partners days in advance with the anticipation that something was going to happen.

Follow these links for God’s Pit Crew or The American Red Cross if you would like to donate.

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