“Gift Cards for Gaylord” tornado relief campaign to take place in Bay County

BAY CITY, MI – United Way of Bay County is asking the community to help those in Gaylord who have been affected by a devastating tornado.

Gaylord was hit by an EF3 tornado on Friday May 20 which destroyed many businesses and homes. With winds reaching 150 mph, the tornado would have been on the ground for 20 minutes and left a path of destruction 16.6 miles long and 200 meters wide, according to the Gaylord National Weather Service. The tornado killed at least two people and injured 44.

Recovery efforts are currently underway and United Way is looking to help its neighbors to the north.

“It’s something that leaves families and individuals facing so many unimaginable challenges that will continue in the months to come,” said Nicole Luczak, president and CEO of United Way of Bay County. “We want to do everything we can to help our neighbors and support them during this time.”

The Otsego County United Way is currently asking for donations in the form of gas, grocery or hardware gift cards to distribute to those affected. To help, United Way of Bay County is accepting gift card donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 for its “Gift Cards for Gaylord” initiative.

All gift cards donated will be delivered to Otsego County United Way for distribution to victims of this natural disaster.

Those wishing to donate are asked to visit the United Way Bay County Gateway Office at 909 Washington Avenue during the drive and volunteers will be there to accept gift card donations. At this time, only gift cards will be accepted in person. Online donations can be made here.

Those interested in donating their time by volunteering with the cleanup efforts can find out more here.

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