March 3, 2012 by  
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Disaster Relief Update

April 17, 2012

Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief team answered the call to help numerous communities impacted by the deadly tornadoes on March 2, 2012.

Our crews went in on the ground in Martin, Johnson and Magoffin counties along with Disaster Relief community volunteers, WorkFest volunteers and many local volunteers. Work was completed on 140 homes/properties.  Employees and volunteers spent 19,377 hours cleaning debris, accepting donations, and assisting at the disaster shelters.

Most of the families, with the help of volunteers, have finished sorting through the wreckage of their homes and are now waiting on insurance claims and government assistance.  The road to recovery will be long and difficult.  Please pray for the continued strength for the victims.

Appalachia Tornados“It’s bad”.  This is the haunting description of the destruction we are seeing on the front lines of this natural disaster, from our Chief Operations Officer, Randy Beckham.

In a deadly tornado outbreak Friday, state officials have confirmed at least 19 people have died in Kentucky as the search continues through the rubble in the aftermath of what was one of the most incredibly violent storms in recent history. The devastation is catastrophic.  Homes, churches, and businesses have been completely destroyed.  Rescue teams were also deployed to assist residents trapped by the flash flooding.

In the words of one survivor, “People took cover wherever they could. We hope people will pray for us.”

Appalachian TornadosCAP Disaster Relief teams were quick to respond, deploying 150 volunteers to help with the clean-up.  We are also helping to staff the shelter for people that lost their homes.  There are approximately 75 people in the shelter.  In addition, we have opened our warehouse doors for survivors to come for water, food, and other basic necessities, and are providing shower trailers for people in desperate need.

“We want these communities to know we care and to believe that they can and will thrive again.  Our Operation Sharing trucks will be ready to deliver supplies.  These supplies will be a lifeline into places that have no water and no electricity, where stores and gas stations are not operable, where normal daily living has ceased to exist.  We are going to do all that we can to assist the communities devastated by this disaster.” –Guy Adams, President  & CEO

Appalachian TornadosLocally, donations will be taken for the devastated communities of the deadly tornadoes of March 2nd, at Christian Appalachian Project, 2592 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY.

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21 Responses to “Tornado Outbreak Hits Appalachia”

  1. Connie Little on March 5th, 2012 4:12 am

    I am always proud of the efforts of Christian Appalachian Project. As an employee of CAP, and a native of Salyersville, so many times I will hear, “CAP is helping.” Thank you CAP!

  2. Teresa Gullett on March 5th, 2012 10:08 am

    As I traveled the roads checking on our elderly participants the morning after, it was heart breaking to see these sites and the families that have been devastated by these tornadoes. Being a life long resident of this area, it did not seem real. It will take years for these families to heal, so we ask for your continued prayers and support . It also makes me thankful to be apart of Christian Appalachian Project, knowing we have a wonderful team, who is willing to go into the fields to assist when needed.

  3. Sue on March 5th, 2012 3:45 pm

    Hi! What donations are/are you NOT taking at Grey Lag Walmart? I want to gather items, but don’t know what to focus on!

  4. Leslie Saunders on March 6th, 2012 4:51 am

    God bless you for your fine work and help to everyone in Ky.

  5. admin on March 6th, 2012 6:53 am

    @ Sue,

    Thank you for your support! In particular, we need items such as water, drinks, batteries, flashlights, non-perishable food, trash bags and other clean-up supplies.

    We appreciate anything you can offer!

    God bless,

  6. Trish Brooks on March 7th, 2012 7:03 am

    Do you need items for babies, I had heard there was an urgent need for cribs, car seats, strollers etc.

    Trish Brooks

  7. Julie on March 7th, 2012 7:20 am

    Will you be providing receipts for donations at the Hamburg Walmart? If so, do you just need names and addresses? I am gathering donations from several people and want to make sure I am getting all the right info.

    Thanks CAP!

  8. admin on March 9th, 2012 5:11 am

    @ Trish,

    While CAP has not specifically expressed an urgent need for baby items, these items are needed and we welcome any items you are able to provide.

    Thank you for your support!

  9. admin on March 9th, 2012 5:11 am

    @ Julie,

    Depending upon the type of donation (goods, cash, or check), a receipt will be given or names and addresses will be registered for follow up letter acknowledgements.

    Thank you and God bless,

  10. Theresa on March 12th, 2012 8:51 am

    I have several clothing items for boys from 2T up to size 5. Is there a need for these items at this time? If so, where can I bring them to drop off? I am a resident of Shepherdsville, which is 20 miles south of Louisville. Thanks so much and God Bless.

  11. Rick Kuhn on March 20th, 2012 8:40 am

    Are you needing any volunteers for construction or debris clearing? We were going to serve with Samaritan’s Purse, as we had in Alabama, but they shut their West Liberty site.

  12. admin on March 21st, 2012 2:33 am

    @ Rick,

    Thank you for your willingness to help! We have had a great response of those wanting to volunteer. Our disaster relief team has been out on the ground clearing debris since March 3 and will be pulling out of those areas this Saturday, March 24. Of course, we will still be supporting these communities during their rebuilding; however, our clean-up efforts will wrap up. Thank you so much for your offer! Please keep these families in your prayers.

    God bless,

  13. admin on March 21st, 2012 2:35 am


    The clothing would be a great help! Please send to or drop off at:

    Christian Appalachian Project
    2610 Palumbo Drive
    Lexington, KY 40509

    Thank you!

  14. Belinda King on March 21st, 2012 10:19 am

    Thank you to all who donate and volunteer! I have many family in Salyersville (Montgomery’s) and glad to hear from Connie Little that CAP is assisting. I live in AZ but donate to CAP through bi-weekly payroll deductions. Wish I could be there in person to help but appreciate those of you helping on my behalf!!! God Bless You!!!

  15. James & Cindy Watkins on March 23rd, 2012 6:32 pm

    We have been for the last 8 or 9 yrs. been comeing up to Bell and Harlan Co. Ky. with a 16 ft. goose-neck trailer loaded with nearly new clothes and household items that we give away free to the people up there. we come up about every 4 to 6 weeks. and we really do enjoy doing it. We are glad to be able to help people. We live in Maryville, Tenn.

  16. admin on March 26th, 2012 1:15 am

    Thank you so much, James and Cindy! Your care for people living in poverty is a great encouragement.

    God bless you,

  17. National Christian Association of America on April 4th, 2012 5:19 am

    Life takes detours at times. We all must face difficult times, adjust, help others and ourselves, and advance in the Kingdom of God. May you continue to bless the Appalachians in need. National Christian Assoc:

  18. Chris Kessler on April 24th, 2012 9:14 am

    Do you still need gently used adults/girls’ clothes and stuffed animals? I can FedEx these to you.

  19. Myra Young on April 30th, 2012 9:37 am

    As I am the Elderly caseworker at Christian Appalachian Project for Magoffin, I was please and proud to see so much help from CAP and other organizations. As the clean up continues, we know that God is blessing the area, you can see it with each passing day, because the people are pulling together helping each other, However, I am sure the people of all areas, will never forget what they had went though and the people they lost. There will alway be difficult time, but with our faith in God, we can see the hope for tomorrow. I was glad the I could do what little that I could do, my heart goes out to everyone.. Again Thanks to everyone who helped no matter how large or small.

  20. sonia downes on May 7th, 2012 2:53 am

    My condolences to everyone.

  21. admin on May 24th, 2012 6:22 am

    @ Chris,

    Sure! Please send to:

    Christian Appalachian Project
    2610 Palumbo Drive
    Lexington, KY 40509

    Thanks for your willingness to help!

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