Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
A series of tornadoes caused devastation across six Midwest and Southern states this past weekend and killed more than 90 people with the number expected to rise, according to the New York Times.
The tornadoes went through parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, with the biggest impact coming in Kentucky.
Among the places hit hard was Dresden, Tenn., the hometown of Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty and his wife Jesica Beaty.
Jesica confirmed on Twitter that everyone was safe, but also said that their friends and businesses who supported them have had countless losses.
“Thanking the Lord that everyone is safe,” she wrote in a Tweet. “But our friends and businesses who have supported us and our fund have lost everything.”
To help provide relief to the town, the Beatys are working on raising funds to send for both the short- and long-term efforts and they are encouraging everyone to make a donation.
“Even though we are on the other side of the country, we’re trying to do what we can to help,” Jesica wrote. “The Matt Beaty fund is working on some long term relief help.
“We’ve given around $600 in relief, and we’ll personally match anything over $600. If you’re wanting to help our community directly, feel free to Venmo me at my account above.
“We will be using the money to sponsor families in immediate need and the organizations on the ground there feeding and giving out supplies.”
Matt Beaty has previously worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation on various charitable appearances, including participating in a dance battle with kids.
Donating to Matt Beaty Fund
To make a donation to The Matt Beaty Fund for relief efforts, Jesica asked that the money be sent to her Venmo account, which can be found here.
Other places you can make a donation for relief support are to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, GoFundMe, CARE, Feeding America and United Way.
Donating blood is another way you can help as hospitals treating victims need more blood, according to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Supplies have run low due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and you can make an appointment to donate here.
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