BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University stands with those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Western Kentucky and is asking Mountaineers to support the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
A wave of tornadoes struck multiple U.S. states on Dec. 10, with Kentucky hit the hardest. State officials called the storm, which leveled entire communities, the “largest and most devastating in Kentucky’s history,” according to news reports. As of Monday, Dec. 13, more than 60 people were confirmed dead statewide, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said.
The App State Mountaineers’ upcoming Boca Raton Bowl opponent, Western Kentucky University, hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky — one of the cities impacted by a tornado that has claimed 12 lives in that community.
“Our hearts go out to all those impacted by these deadly tornadoes,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “The App State Community is gathering donations, and I offer my sincere appreciation to those in Boone and beyond who are supporting the people of Western Kentucky.”
Mountaineers who wish to join this effort may donate by visiting the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund website. Enter “App State for WKU” in the Fundraising Event name.
All donations to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating.
App State Athletics expressed its support for the storm victims by asking fans and community members to bring requested supplies — including canned goods, rubber gloves, toilet paper, bottled water, paper towels and hand soap — to Mountaineer sporting events. The third collection event will take place at the Holmes Convocation Center on Monday, Dec. 13, from 3–6:30 p.m. In exchange for donations, fans were offered a ticket to an upcoming App State sporting event.
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As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.