The funds will be provided to Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland, and the American Red Cross.
Hyundai Motor America and its Kentucky dealership network will be donating $150,000 to two relief organizations after the disastrous tornado devastated the community on December 10, 2021. The funds, which equate to just about five Hyundai Tucsons, will be provided to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland, and the American Red Cross.
Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America says "Hyundai and its dealers are proud to stand with the people of Kentucky as they work to rebuild their homes and communities after these devastating tornadoes."
Key dealerships that will be putting the funds forward include Gates Hyundai in Richmond and Swope Hyundai in Elizabethtown.
$100,000 of this will be donated to Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland and will be used to provide meals and sustenance to communities across 24 Kentucky counties. This organization states that it serves 42 central, south-central, and western Kentucky counties and distributes over 13 million meals per year. It does so because it's understood that more than half the people they serve are forced to choose between paying for utilities and buying food.
"This will be a very long recovery process for the families and communities who sustained devastating damage during this natural disaster," said Jamie Sizemore, FAKH executive director. "The food insecurity rate was already high in Kentucky and now families and seniors affected by this storm must pick up the pieces and make hard choices. We are grateful for partners like Hyundai that will help FAKH not only put food on their table but provide hope as they rebuild their lives."
The remaining $50,000 will be provided to the Red Cross and will be used for ongoing relief efforts. This will include supporting those that are forced to stay in emergency shelters and other temporary accommodations. Locations such as park lodges and hotel rooms are currently being used as emergency accommodation for those who have been misplaced. The funds will also cater to serving meals, snacks, and other vital relief items.
The violent Kentucky tornado incident that took place late last yearwreaked havoc over a 250-mile distance as it carved through four states. During this time, more than 30 tornados were reported across six states. Official reports suggest that with this devastation the death toll stands at 77 lives lost which makes it the deadliest in the state's history.