Red Cross and Salvation Army Mobilizing for Oklahoma
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CREATED May. 21, 2013
GREEN BAY, WI- The effects of the tornado in Oklahoma are being felt right here in Northeast Wisconsin.
Local non-profits have already begun answering the calls for aid and are ready to help in any way possible.
This is nothing new for organizations like the Red Cross or the Salvation army. Both have already started providing food, shelter, and clothing for those affected by this disaster. They say it's only a matter of time before volunteers are sent down to help.
The tornado in Oklahoma left nothing behind.
Lives lost, homes torn apart.
Hundreds of miles away, the lakeland chapter of the Red Cross in Green Bay is responding. Calling volunteers to help, as they wait for the call to head south.
"These are people who are trained to do shelter work, mental health work, medical issues," says Judy Gregory of the Red Cross.
Volunteers eager to go down to do what they can.
"Anything from helping in a shelter, set up a shelter or bulk distribution," says Denise Mooren of the Red Cross.
"Prepare for disasters, respond to disasters, and help communities recover," says Steve Hansen of the Red Cross.
Over at the Brown County Salvation Army, work has already begun.
"People are injured so you want to do something."
Canned goods are being stocked to ship down. People bringing in donations. Major Don Kincaid says any help can make a difference.
"Salvation Army will probably be providing some sort of means, some sort of access to the goods like that they need."
And if you don't have the time to go to Oklahoma......
"Write out checks."
"Making a financial donation."
As families try to recover from the devastation.
The red cross has seen a dramatic increase in donations within the past twenty four hours including online and texting support. They expect more donations to come in within the coming weeks.