Disaster Relief for Kentucky Tornado

Post Date - Jan 7, 2022

The tornado that hit Western Kentucky in early December travelled 165 miles and killed 78 people. The tornado passed through eleven counties, causing severe and catastrophic damage in several towns. Venture Transport teamed up with the Indianapolis Rotary District 6560 and Meijer to collect and transport donated supplies for the disaster relief effort. Brad Hackett said, “I was honored to be approached by Ray Kramp with Indiana Rotary Clubs to partner with Venture Transport to support Kentucky citizens impacted by the recent Tornados. It is great to work for an organization that goes above and beyond to support our local and neighboring communities in this tough time.”

Dry Van Trailer for Donations

To collect supplies, a Venture trailer was parked at the Fishers Meijer on E. 96th Street. Dave made the drop-off. Local Rotary Club members and local businesses donated much-needed supplies, including canned goods, flashlights, batteries, and bottled water. The Venture team came prepared and continued to collect donations up until the deadline on Thursday, December 23rd.

Trucking Industry for Disaster Relief

Venture’s driver Jimmy arrived on the 23rd, more than willing to help transport the disaster relief supplies to Elizabethtown, KY. Jimmy and his wife are deeply rooted in their communities near the affected area, and they loved partnering with Venture on the Tornado Relief Project. Many of the donations ended up going to communities close to his home.

A huge thank you to our drivers who helped out on the project, especially Dave and Jimmy and Rotarian, Ray Kramp! Your hard work made this possible.

Industries Working Together

The Meijer supermarket chain is headquartered in Michigan, but Meijer serves communities across the Midwest. Founded by a Dutch immigrant and barber in 1934, Meijer has grown into one of America’s largest retailers with over 250 stores.

Rotary District 6560 serves the Central Illinois area, with over 2,000 members and 43 Rotary Clubs. Get updates about future projects on their Facebook page.