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Red Cross seeks donations for OK tornado victims

by Julie Dudley
Executive Director, River Counties Chapter
American Red Cross, Kilmarnock

Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those impacted by these horrific tornadoes. We are working around the clock to provide food and shelter to all those whose lives were affected by these storms. Shelters are open and Red Cross volunteers were out overnight with food and supplies for first responders.

Shelters are open and emergency aid stations will be open where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services and information about what help is available.

More workers, supplies and equipment are on the way to help the people of Oklahoma. Almost 30 emergency response vehicles are en route to distribute food, water and relief supplies to people in need.

The Southern Baptist Convention is joining the relief effort and two kitchens will be available with the ability to make tens of thousands of meals a day. The Red Cross also has kitchen support and relief supply trailers on the way to help those forced from their homes.

This has been a deadly and devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath.

We also are operating shelters and supporting people affected by Sunday’s storms in Shawnee and other parts of the Oklahoma City area.

The Red Cross will be on the ground in these affected areas for weeks to help people get back on their feet.

This has been a major disaster, and the Red Cross will be there for the people of Oklahoma. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, mail a check to River Counties American Red Cross, P.O. Box 1151, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or call 8044357669.

Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

posted 05.23.2013

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