Bowling Green community recovers one month after deadly tornadoes

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WKRN) – Community members reflect on a month since an EF-3 tornado ravaged Bowling Green, killing 17 people.

Despite the devastation, community members continue to help each other. This includes Kaitlyn Wilkins, who has organized a pantry on the porch. Wilkins said anyone who needs help can come and pick up what they need. No questions asked.

She and her husband’s home were not badly damaged by the tornado, but her neighbors weren’t so lucky.

So, they took the food from their pantry and cooked it to help feed their neighbors. She posted her efforts on Facebook and 40 people showed up that day to volunteer.

They fed about 500 people in total, that’s when she got the idea to organize food trucks.

“Whitney from WhitDogs, it’s a local food truck here in town. She reached out to me because it was going to rain the next day. She said ‘Hey, would you like me to cover this neighborhood. I’m happy. to help you, what do you need? ”We ended up having six food trucks that turn so everyone can take a break.”

Wilkins said they help feed around 200 to 300 people a day through deliveries and attend around 70 to 100 visits.

She looks back on a month of opening her heart to others. A month to give and receive help in return.

“It was crazy, for sure. Um, even just that first day these people didn’t know me, ”she said. They didn’t know anything about me. I mean, I’ve been living in Bowling Green since I was 10 years old. I mean, some people knew me, but I posted on Facebook and I mean, we probably had 40 volunteers that showed up on the first day we are like where can I get food i have a cart let me fill it with boxes? “

News 2 also spoke with Reverend Rebecca Kello of Christ Episcopal Church on State Street. They are teaming up with other local churches to hold a lamentation and remembrance ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Kello says they are tired and worn out and that God’s help is needed more than ever.

“My homily will center on what it means for God to be with us,” she said. We may not have a miracle. These people are not going to come back to life. We must mourn and mourn these lost lives.

On Friday, First Lady Jill Biden and FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks will travel to Bowling Green where they will join Governor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear to study recovery efforts after the devastation caused by recent tornadoes and volunteer at a local FEMA disaster recovery center. .

The First Lady will highlight the partnership between federal and local agencies that ensures Kentuckians receive the help and relief they need, according to a White House statement.


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