Several Rabbis and Jewish relief groups in Kentucky have stepped up their efforts in providing aid to those suffering from the deadly flooding that began last week.
Last week, more than seven inches of rain fell in a matter of hours in parts of Kentucky, leading to flooding and mudslides; causing homes to shift off their foundations and roofs to cave in; and leaving water simply everywhere.
To help out, Rabbi Shlomo Litvin and his father, Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, of Chabad of Kentucky, drove across the commonwealth on Monday, carrying supplies such as portable mattresses, bottled water, cleaning items, gift cards, and more.
The father-son duo was heading to small towns like Hazard and Whitesburg in eastern Kentucky to help out in the aftermath of the flooding last week that claimed the lives of at least 37 people, including four children.
“It’s been a long hard day,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin. “The devastation is awful.” His father added that “many houses floated away, literally floated. The devastation is very difficult to see.”
Meanwhile, the Chabad of Kentucky estimates that they’ve already spent well in excess of $150,000 by providing clothing, shoes, and household goods to people in need. Some of the goods that they delivered to eastern Kentucky also came from the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States.
In addition to Chabad and the Israel consulate, Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen based in the Chassidic neighborhood of Boro Park, N.Y. The organization’s disaster relief team, which includes its executive director Rabbi Alexander Rapaport, went down to Kentucky to deliver needed supplies, including bleach and blow-up beds.