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Disaster Date:12/10/2021

Dawson Springs, KY


What Happened

From December 10-11, 2021, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This outbreak is the deadliest on record in December, with 89 deaths and at least 55 injuries. Up to 75% of Dawson Springs was destroyed by the ER4 tornado. At least 19 people died as a result

Volunteer in Dawson Springs, KY

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be building new homes.


Dawson Springs is located in southwestern Hopkins County in western Kentucky. The town has a population of about 2,400 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and cool in the winter. Over 27% of the population is below the poverty line. From the late 1800s to the 1930s, Dawson Springs was well known as a spa and resort town. Today, Dawson Springs is still popular as a tourist destination because of the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and nearby lakes and hiking trails.

Weekly Reports

Dawson Springs, KY – March 5-11, 2023

This week we welcomed 15 men from the Shipshewana, IN, area as our volunteers for the week.  It is good to have them here and we are looking forward to a great week together.  We also welcomed Lavern, Ella and Simon, joining us for the month of...

Dawson Springs, KY – Feb. 26 – Mar. 4, 2023

Sunday evening found us with 15 new volunteers from Ohio, all of whom are either from the home congregation of Mike and Linda or their surrounding community.  It’s so good to see these familiar faces, which includes our son, daughter-in-law and...

Dawson Springs, KY – Feb. 19-25, 2023

This week we had an extended family of 27 people join us to serve! They are the members of our crew leader Jonathan’s family, from Ohio and Kentucky.  It’s a good dorm full! Monday found a crew heading to James’ to work on mudding drywall...

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