Lockheed Martin Contributes to West Liberty Tornado Relief Fund

On March 2, 2012, several Southern and Eastern Kentucky counties were hit by an EF-3 tornado which caused extensive damage. The Morgan County community of West Liberty suffered the most destruction. At least four people were killed, and West Liberty’s downtown area – the civic and economic heart of the community – was utterly devastated. Countless homes, farms, churches and businesses were lost.

In response to these events, Morgan County Christian Social Services worked with Bank of the Mountains to establish the West Liberty Tornado Relief Fund. The primary purpose of these funds is to assist individuals and families, particularly farmers, with the rebuilding of homes and farms. Funds will also be used to deliver supplies to affected areas, remove debris and brush, find temporary or new permanent residences for victims, and to assist in the recovery of personal items. To ensure that funds are allocated properly, applicants must provide proof of Morgan County residency.

Lockheed Martin responded to the need of Morgan County residents by donating $10,000 to the West Liberty Tornado Relief Fund through United Way of the Bluegrass. Lockheed Martin’s financial contribution will allow the company to assist in the ongoing emergency relief efforts taking place in Morgan County and to assist in the rebuilding of the community.

“As individuals, when tragedy strikes, we always look for ways to help our friends and neighbors,” said Hector Alvarez, Lockheed Martin Vice President of Kentucky Operations. “Our employees live and work in some of the areas affected by these storms and Lockheed Martin believes this is one of the ways we can help our neighbors in their time of need.”
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