Best Ways to Help Andover Tornado Victims Right Now

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After last Friday’s tornado hit Andover, KS, the Wichita Mom community came out of the woodwork looking for ways to help and provide assistance. We are truly heartbroken for those who lost homes or experienced damage of any kind due to the storm, and we are eager like so many others to help!

Below is what we know so far and will continue to update this list as information comes in. For now, the very best way to provide assistance is through cash donations. Many are eager to donate physical items like clothes (and of course anything is appreciated), however, we have been told cash is really the most helpful for victims right now. 

If you are a victim of the Andover Tornado, The United Way of the Plains has mobilized efforts in supporting you! You can find all of the information you need right here: United Way of the Plains Support for Andover Tornado Victims. 

Cash Donations **Most Needed

The state of Kansas has reviewed the City of Andover damage numbers and found that the April 29 tornado will not meet the levels required for the governor to request Individual Assistance through FEMA.
 
The City will continue to look for other ways to bring help into the area, the best pathway to support the victims of this tornado is through financial donations to the United Way.

Our good friends at The United Way of the Plains has set up a fund to assist with long term recovery efforts after natural disasters:

DONATE HERE

or Text “teamwork” (one word, no spaces) to 41444 to give on the go from your phone

Donations Directly to Prairie Creek Elementary

Prairie Creek Elementary School suffered significant damage in the tornado. Because of the extent of the damage, the building will not be able to be used for the remainder of the school year. They are in need of monetary donations for school supplies for students (for remainder of the school year) and in order to begin repairing the significant damage to the building. 

DONATE HERE

*100% of the proceeds will go directly to Prairie Creek.


Kendra Scott Give Back Event

Join Kendra Scott Wichita at The Waterfront for a Kendra Gives Back event supporting Tornado relief in Andover, Kansas. Starting NEXT WEEK on May 11th -15th, 20% of proceeds from every purchase of the Kendra Scott Everlyne Friendship Bracelet will helps support Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Efforts in Kansas. RSVP at the link below to learn more details on Kendra Scott’s Tornado relief efforts!

RSVP HERE


Kansas Strong T-Shirt Fundraising Effort

The Shop Forward has set up a fundraiser for Andover tornado victims. 100% proceeds from each KANSAS STRONG tee support tornado relief efforts in and around south-central Kansas.

Purchase a Shirt Here


Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Andover reassesses the needs of the community daily. Volunteer assignments have been given at United Methodist Church in Andover (1429 N. Andover Road). The best way to stay up to date is by following the City of Andover Facebook Page as they update daily with their needs. 

A few guidelines and reminders if you do choose to volunteer:

– Ages 10 and up can volunteer.
– Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and closed toe shoes.
– As a reminder, you MUST CHECK OUT at the end of your shift back at the United Methodist Church.

If you know of additional opportunities, please comment below and we will research further. Thank you!

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Angela is the founder of Wichita Mom, the premier parenting website and community for local moms. Wife to her high school bestie, mom to two girls, and native Wichitan, she is thrilled to be raising her family in her hometown after telling her family for years she "would never move back". She is a strong advocate for mental health, believes in the power of community, and walks the talk of "babes supporting babes". She is a self-proclaimed connector, enthusiast of many things, cheerleader of moms and women, and recently converted homebody.

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