Andover Tornado Updates
Thank you all for your prayers & concerns for us in the aftermath of the tornado that hit the Andover community on April 29, 2022. In order to help facilitate communication with so many that want to help, we have set up this page as a clearing house for information and to make needs known.
While we are blessed to avoid damage at our home or our church, others in the community are facing immense losses today. Please pray with us for those now faced with sorting through the rubble, and praise God with us that there have been no fatalities reported.
We are also overwhelmed by so many who have asked how they might contribute financially to help with the clean up efforts. If you would like to donate funds you can do so either by check or online:
Mail checks to:
Kirk of the Plains
PO Box 483
Andover, KS 67002
in check memo: mercy fund
Or online at
https://my.gobluefire.com/app/giving/kotp (under the “fund” drop down menu option, select “mercy fund”).
Thank you so much for your support!
May 6, 2022 10:39 AM
May 3, 2022 2:15 PM
(we are located in the Andover Square Shopping Center behind the McDonalds)
May 2, 2022 4:27 PM
May 2, 2022 10:53 AM
We have offered to make our facilities available to the City of Andover and are waiting to hear back from them on how we can be of use.
In the meantime, we have been able to connect with some families that need help with clean up. They have asked if we could come on Saturday (7th) at 1:00 pm, so if you are available please let Pastor Rick know. If you have one, we could really use trailers to haul away debris on Saturday. Thank You!
May 1, 2022 6:55 PM
May 1, 2022 6:05 PM
As we stated earlier, we have some contacts that will be putting us in contact with people in need and ways that we can help them. We should be hearing back from them no later than tomorrow on how we as a church can help. However in addition to our contacts the City of Andover posted the following ways that people could begin to help those in need:
ALL INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS!
We know you have been asking and we are so grateful for all of you. We are not quite ready for spontaneous volunteers to come in and help. We are currently working with victims to assess the needs and get work assignments prepared today.
Starting tomorrow, May 2, 10 a.m. -1 p.m., those interested in volunteering can stop by the United Methodist Church in Andover (1429 N. Andover Road) to beat the lines and sign up and register for Tuesday’s work.
Our hope is to start volunteers at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 to avoid upcoming severe weather.
Again, thank you for all of your willingness to help out our community!
May 1, 2022 5:50 PM
A number of updates coming in:
Monday, May 2: Central Park will be closed to the public with the exception of visiting City Hall or the Andover Public Library during their normal business hours.
All city programs scheduled to occur at the Andover Community Center are cancelled until further notice. Starting at 1 p.m. today, the Community Center will be serving as the Residential Disaster Assistance location for those affected by the Andover tornado.
United Way of the Plains will be available to assist those residents who have had a potential financial loss. There will be resources available that residents might need such as water, snacks, supplies, and the list goes on. Residents can also stop by the Andover Community Center and let them know what help they might need from volunteers.
April 29, 2022 8:30 PM
April 30, 2022 5:43 PM
The City of Andover asks people to please avoid Central Park. It will be closed to the public until further notice. They truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation!
April 30, 2022 12:50 PM
Due to the diligent efforts of emergency personnel roads are being opened for people to get around Andover; which means we will be able to have Sunday School & worship tomorrow! We will be collecting donations of bottled water & sealed snacks tomorrow to distribute in the days ahead as we hear of additional needs.
- packs of crackers
- trail mix
- breakfast bars
- rice krispie treats
- protein bars
- water bottles
- granola bars
- any item prepackaged and able to be handed out without prep or refrigeration needed.
We continue to ask if you know of anyone in need (at work, through your other networks, etc) please let Pastor Rick know.
April 30, 2022 10:50 AM
Praise God everyone at Kirk of the Plains is safe and doing well. We are still waiting for police to assess the damage and let us know how we can help as a church. Currently no one is allowed into Andover so emergency personnel can determine what needs to be done. Pastor Rick has reached out to Pastor James Gillespie of Andover Baptist Church (which is the closest church to the damage) to see how we can assist them. Andover Baptist Church is opening their facilities as a place where people can come to get meals, so we are able to partner with them in providing water, chips & other supplies for people in need.