LOUISVILLE, Ky. (3/26/12)--Several Kentucky credit unions have raised money to help victims of tornadoes that struck the state and several other states during the first weekend in March.
Thirteen tornadoes touched down in Kentucky, killing at least 12 people, according to weather.com. Eight credit unions in the Midwest and the South sustained some form of damages--mostly minor--during that weekend's tornadoes (News Now
At least 39 people were killed in five of the states hit by 74 tornadoes. The deaths were in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia (USA Today
The Kentucky Credit Union league and attendees of its Lending Conference earlier this month contributed $5,000 to the American Red Cross to help tornado victims in the state, said the league (By The Way
Other Kentucky credit unions that provided financial assistance to state tornado victims include:
- L&N FCU, Louisville, which held a relief effort among its employees and members, raising more than $10,000. Also, 4,000 pounds of food was donated.
- Kentucky Telco FCU, Louisville, which contributed $1,000 to the American Red Cross after the credit union sponsored a dress-down week and put in $10 for each participating employee. Credit union members also were encouraged to donate.
- Autotruck Financial CU, Louisville, donated $500 to the American Red Cross during a local telethon. The credit union also served as a collection point and sponsor for a local technical college's efforts to collect items for those in need in two area counties.
- Chemco FCU, Louisville, donated $300 and is collecting items for children's Easter baskets.
- Fort Knox FCU, Radcliff, Ky., offered its members 30-day, 0% annual percentage rate loans to pay for tornado-related expenses.