|Updated: 5/24/2013 12:18 pm
||Published: 5/24/2013 11:51 am
The Cox Cares Tornado Relief fund collected more than $43,000 in donations and handed the money over the American Red Cross.
A sign outside the building says the agency doesn’t accept donations of items, but rather monetary donations.
Regina Moon is CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma chapter of the Red Cross says, “We’re able to go purchase those items and to immediately place them into the hands of those who need them.”
Moon tells FOX23 News the primary focus of the agency is to provide immediate basic needs for victims.
Top priority she says is food, clothing, shelter and replacement of vital medications.
“That’s the wonderful thing about the cash donation; we’re able to use that money in the local economy to purchase those things and then turn them around to the people hit by hardship.”
It’s not just the community coming together to donate to charities, but charities coming together and working collaboratively.
Saturday in Moore, agencies will kick off the MARC, or mutli-agency resource center which Moon says is kind of like a mall for services.
“Sort of one stop shopping which the American Red Cross will be a part as well as lots of other charities,” she began. “What a tornado victim is able to do is to come to one location and to have access to as many as 100 helping agencies that can help them with longer term needs beyond what the Red Cross provides, so that will be a great resource to these people hit by hardship.”
If you’re unable to make it to Moore to volunteer and help clean up, or you’re unable to donate money, the American Red Cross also accepts blood donations.