How your donations are helping families rebuild after tornado

Meet the committee of  six people in charge of deciding where your tornado relief donation money goes.

Graves County Commissioner Tyler Goodman says the money started pouring in immediately after the tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, on May 10. Right now, it’s at $217,167, and it continues to go up every week.

"Very good to have a balance increasing like it has," says Goodman.

Out of that money, $5,000 is being used to pay the hotel bill for the families who couldn’t go back home after the storm.

Pastor Wes Fowler says the committee is currently sifting though dozens of applications. He says a total of $120,000 has been set aside to help the families who were hit the hardest.

"We have started with those who have lost everything and have no insurance," says Fowler.

Fowler says the committee has already used some of that money to buy a new trailer for a family who’s roof was ripped off their home.

The committee says they’ve raised more money than expected and with new donations coming in every week, they’re hoping they can help even more people.

If your family still needs help, the deadline to apply is Friday. Applications are available at Mayfield City Hall and the tornado relief distribution center at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds.

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