One of the many homes destroyed Dec. 10, 2021 in the tornado outbreak in the south and Midwest. Red Cross Photo.

LYONS TOWNSHIP — In response to the tornadoes that tore through the south and Midwest Friday, a group from Mt. Zion Christian Church will take a trailer full of disaster relief items Thursday to Lone Oak Baptist church in Paducah, Kentucky.

According to a post on the church’s Facebook page, people can drop off supplies at Mt. Zion church before then. The church is located at 2330 Wisconsin Highway 120 just north of Lake Geneva near Hawk’s View Golf Course.

Needed supplies include:

  • -Cases of water
  • -Flashlights
  • -Batteries
  • -Hygiene items/feminine products
  • -Diapers/wipes-Blankets
  • -Plastic totes for storing salvaged belongings
  • -Work gloves

Donations can be dropped off during our office hours, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., or left by the doors under the carport during after-hours.

All donations need to be dropped off before Thursday morning.

For those who want to donate financially to this disaster relief effort, they can follow this link and give toward the church we are partnering with. Make sure to select “disaster relief” from the drop-down menu of their giving page.

In addition to local efforts like the one organized by Mt. Zion Church, the Red Cross is taking the lead to make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, emotional support and comfort in the face of one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in years, according to a news release.

Donate blood

Those in areas unaffected by this tornado outbreak are urged to make an appointment today to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to help ensure blood products are available for patients wherever the need arises.
In response to hospital requests, the Red Cross has provided approximately 200 additional blood products for patients in the impacted areas and stands ready to provide more blood products as needed. 

There is a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Kunes RV in Elkhorn and another at Sperino’s in Elkhorn on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. SEE MORE TIMES HERE

Donate money

To make a financial donation or schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor app or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift today. 

Remember to note that the donation is for the  “Southern and Midwest Tornadoes” fund.

The latest

Although the number of fatalities at the Mayfield, Kentucky candle factory that was leveled in the tornado is lower than first feared, a company spokesperson on Sunday confirmed that eight factory workers are dead and eight are missing.

In all, at least 74 people have died in Kentucky alone, officials said Monday.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak launched Walworth County Community News in 2021. He is the former editor of The Week and Walworth County Sunday.