Red Cross working to help tornado victims

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 5/24/2013 3:02 pm Published: 5/24/2013 3:02 pm

Donations of all kinds have been pouring in for tornado victims.

FOX23's Janai Norman went to the Tulsa Area Red Cross to see how the donations were being put to use.

A sign at the American Red Cross said they are no longer accepting donations of items, but rather monetary donations.

When COX Media handed over more than 43 thousand dollars, we found out how the Red Cross is able to make dollars go further for victims in need.

Regina Moon is CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma chapter of the Red Cross.

She said the primary focus of the agency is to provide immediate basic needs for victims.

“So when people give to COX Media as they have, we're able to go purchase those items and to immediately place them into the hands of those who need them,” said Moon.

Top priority she said 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,” she said.

It's not just the community coming together to donate to charities, but charities coming together and working collaboratively.

On Saturday in Moore, agencies will kick off the MARC, or multi-agency resource center which Moon says is kind of like a mall for services.

“Sort of one stop shopping which AMR will be a part as well as lots of other charities,” she said.

A tornado victim is able to come to one location and 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 hard ship.

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.

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