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How to help fellow Hoosiers hit by storms

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Posted at 12:17 PM, Apr 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-01 19:14:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As many counties continue cleanup, it is in Hoosier nature to want to step up and offer assistance.

With dangerous conditions on roadways in many communities and the potential for injury in cleanup, many emergency departments have asked residents to avoid troubled areas as they help those most impacted.

However, there are still ways you can help.

Scripps Tornado Relief Campaign

WRTV and the Scripps Howard Fund have started a tornado relief campaign to organize monetary donations for people affected by the storms.

The Scripps Howard Fund is the philanthropic arm of WRTV’s parent company, the E.W. Scripps Company.

You can support neighbors in need by texting HELPINDY to 50155 or by visiting the website.


Kroger, based in Cincinnati, are stepping up to deliver pallets of water and snacks to help victims in Whiteland.

According to a company spokesperson, New Whiteland Fire Department is expecting the donation around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.

The fire department posted to social media the following:

"Attention Whiteland and New Whiteland residents!!! Numerous donated items have been dropped off at our station. If you were affected by the storms and need some basic items, please come to Station 11 at 500 Sweetbriar Ave. We currently have cases of water, snacks, baby wipes, some diapers and other items. Please park at the park near the playground equipment to stay clear of emergency apparatus."

At the same time, central Indiana Kroger stores have opened up a donation option for those hit by the storms.

When checking out, be sure to mention to your cashier the desire to provide "Disaster relief". When you do, the cashier can ring a key and you can tell them how much you'd like to donate.

American Red Cross

American Red Cross disaster teams are working in multiple Southern and Midwestern states that have been hit by the damaging tornadoes and storms.

The organization works to make sure families and individuals impacted by the storms have food, water and shelter.

According to the Red Cross, $100 can provide a full day of food and shelter for two people. $260 can provide Red Cross cleanup kits for 10 families. $360 can deploy an emergency response vehicle.

To donate through the American Red Cross, click here.

The Salvation Army

In Sullivan County, The Salvation Army will focus on immediate relief and long-term assistance for those who are displaced due to storms. The Emergency Disaster Services are currently set up at First Christian Church at 105 N. Broad Street. They will prepare meals for distribution in the community Saturday. An EDS Canteen has also been brought from Evansville to provide mobile food and water delivery.

In Johnson County, a canteen will serve as a mobile kitchen to prove food and water to emergency responders, utility workers and displaced residents.

For the latest updates, follow The Salvation Army Indiana Division's EDS team on Facebook