Thousands of people are trying to help Mayfield and Bowling Green, Kentucky after tornadoes leveled the communities. The storms hit on Saturday, killing at least 70 people and injuring dozens more.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue crews continue to search through the rubble for survivors. The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least two tornadoes struck the area.

Mission Discovery teams are not able to serve in the area currently. Our goal is to allow first responders and relief organizations to do their work before we assist in long-term volunteer and development work. Read more about our response to disaster situations HERE.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Mayfield City Schools administration building for those who have been displaced by the tornado, which was confirmed as an EF-3 (111-135 mph winds) by National Weather Service officials.

Volunteers are coming from all over to help with the cleanup effort. The Red Cross is also supporting first responders and providing food and water to those who are helping with the response.

We would like to ask our readers to keep those affected by the tornado in their thoughts and prayers. Please also consider making a donation to help those who have lost everything in this devastating storm.

Donations can be made to help those affected by the tornado by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999.

If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few local organizations that are collecting donations:

The Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations at its office, located at 710 South Main Avenue in Mayfield. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Mayfield Police Department is collecting items such as bottled water, food and baby supplies at the department, located at 906 US Highway 45 Bypass in Mayfield.

The Bowling Green-Warren County Chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting donations at its office, located at 205 State Street in Bowling Green.

Please keep those affected by the tornado in your thoughts and prayers and consider donating. To volunteer on a mission trip to Mayfield or Bowling Green, Kentucky, stay updated with Mission Discovery. We will have trips listed when they become available.