Hope is a powerful force.
Especially in dire circumstances, when knowing you are not alone gives you strength to face whatever comes next.
After a catastrophic EF4 tornado tore through Western Kentucky, taking 78 lives and leaving thousands of families in need of urgent assistance, your compassion and generosity came to the rescue.
Shortly after the worst tornadoes in Kentucky’s history struck, Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) was asked to manage the logistics of a major tornado relief distribution center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Your support meant CAP staff and volunteers were quickly at work, coordinating the enormous task of getting water, nonperishable food items, coats, blankets, hygiene supplies, and other critically needed provisions to families whose lives had been upended.
“CAP coordinated volunteers who organized and distributed essentials as quickly as possible to address a variety of needs in the community,” said Robyn Renner, director of CAP Disaster Relief.
Robyn is no stranger to disaster relief efforts. She knew this was a critical time for emergency management personnel who had to conduct the search and rescue efforts immediately following the five tornadoes that touched down in Western Kentucky. One monstrous tornado — that at times stretched to three-quarters of a mile wide — wreaked havoc over 220 miles, from Arkansas through Kentucky and Tennessee.
“In the wake of such devastating natural disasters, our first concern is always for the people impacted. Every situation is different, and we assess each disaster accordingly,” Robyn said. “What we know is that natural disasters of this scale draw lots of media attention and assistance immediately following, but these communities will need assistance for months, even a year out.”
“This is not a sprint,” Robyn added. “This is a marathon. We’re in this for the long haul.”
Your contributions to CAP’s Operation Sharing program also played a crucial role — making it possible to quickly transport numerous tractor trailer loads of donated items to impacted families and communities.
We could not have done this without you and your faithful generosity.
Please continue to pray for Kentucky families who lost loved ones and those who are rebuilding shattered lives.