Disaster Relief: December tornadoes 2021

Dec 14, 2021

A historic outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms killed almost 100 people and caused catastrophic damage across six states in the late hours of December 10, into the early morning hours of the next day. Four states – Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee – were devastated, with Graves County in Kentucky the hardest hit. More than 30 tornadoes left a path of devastation. 


With the help of Charity Navigator, we have provided a list of highly-rated organizations providing relief and support to those affected by the storms. The list is not exhaustive. We have expedited the granting process so your contribution can be put to use as quickly as possible. More information on how to recommend a grant can be found below the list of organizations. 




Charity NameEINAreas of support1

All Hands And Hearts 


All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. They are committed to tracking and responding to natural hazards, storms and disasters around the world including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and more.

Convoy of Hope


Convoy of Hope’s disaster services team fills tractor trailers with life-sustaining food, water, and relief supplies and travels to the areas of greatest need. They will continue to provide relief to those who will be affected by the tornadoes.

Heart To Heart International


Heart to Heart International provides emergency aid to create a healthier world by mobilizing as many volunteers, partners, and donors as possible to make healthcare more accessible. They are on the ground in the affected areas with hundreds of hygiene kits. The team is surveying the area and determining medical needs of the communities. HHI has also been communicating with partners on the ground.



GlobalGiving's Midwest US Tornado Relief Fund will be used to provide food and emergency medical supplies to people and animals, support temporary shelter and emergency supplies to displaced families, provide support to front-line workers, such as meals and gas, and meet other needs as they emerge.

Matthew 25 Ministries


Matthew 25’s Disaster Response team deployed with relief supplies such as personal care kits; household and cleaning products, diapers, toilet paper, first aid and safety kits and supplies; and additional items such as tarps, generators, chainsaws, bottled water, and more. The team will distribute these supplies directly into affected communities. The team will also provide free laundry services to households where lives have been impacted by this major disaster.  

Center for Disaster Philanthropy


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy plans to identify specific recovery needs and funding gaps and then pursue long-term investments to help affected areas rebuild and recover.  

Samaritan's Purse


Samaritan's Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. This organization often stays behind after the initial response to rebuild or restore houses for families.

MAP International


MAP is rushing over 2,000 Disaster Health Kits that contain hygiene products and first-aid kits for traumatized, displaced survivors. This organization will be continually assessing its on-the-ground partners' needs in the days ahead.

Feed the Children 


Feed the Children helps to fight hunger by supporting or providing food, education, diaster response, poverty, water, and livelihoods. To help those impacted by the tornadoes in the Midwest and South, this organization is working with its partners to provide food, water, and other essential items. 



Good360 is responding to the needs of each community hit by the tornadoes. They are already on the ground working to provide needed products. Good360 helps companies responsibly distribute excess goods for maximum impact and, in doing so, helps nonprofit partners deliver on their own important missions. Individuals facing challenging life circumstances get the goods they need and the products that are given help build resilient communities for the future.  

Direct Relief


Direct Relief is mobilizing relief for tornado-damaged communities. This organization supports nonprofit health centers and clinics throughout the impacted states, including by providing personal care products and chronic disease meds, and is preparing multiple shipments for health centers and free clinics. 

Americares 06-1008595Americares Emergency Team is working in the heavily impacted areas in and around Mayfield, Kentucky. This organization is also supporting the 100+ partner health facilities in five of the states hit by the storms. Medicines such as TDAP and insulin, along with hygiene kits and PPE for healthcare workers and survivors, will be provided.



How to help locally

To support local relief efforts, consider recommending a grant to a community foundation. These organizations often have extensive insight into the most urgent local needs and can often react quickly to emergenciesCheck out this community foundation locator to find one located in an affected area. 


To support these charities or others:

Log in to your online account by clicking the Login button in the upper right corner. Select Grant in the navigation menu at the top of the page and select Recommend a grant in the dropdown.


If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name, EIN, region, or interest area in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 


You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. Select Disaster Relief: December Tornadoes. If you want to donate to a specific cause or affected area, indicate so in the space provided.


If you do not have access to your online account, you can register by selecting the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the prompts to register for online access. 


The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list are not meant to be exhaustive. Charity descriptions were provided by the charities. 

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