Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM)
Concerned Northlanders are asking what they can do to help after a powerful tornado ransacked the southern part of Oklahoma leaving at least 24 dead and countless lives in ruins.
The Oklahoma tornado tore through the southern part of the state, showing the most ferocity in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. The twister destroyed buildings, flattened homes and stole lives.
"Our hearts go out to everybody in those communities and we just hope that we'll be able to help them," says Diane Dunder of American Red Cross Duluth.
Of the lives lost, nine of them were children, and most of them were still in school when the twister hit.
The Red Cross, near the site, has been instrumental in the search and rescue of survivors.
"They have aid stations that are set up in Oklahoma, they have shelters set so people can get food, they can get snacks. We have the same and so if people are missing family member they can check on safe and well at redcross.org," adds Dunder.
The Salvation Army has also touched base, with efforts to provide aid and comfort in Moore.
"Providing hot meals and encouragement and nourishment, counseling, trying to be right there now for those that are going through the crisis," says Major Bill Cox, Commander of The Salvation Army in Duluth.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are already doing their part. Local branches are saying now it's time for Duluthians to do ours and provide hope for the victims in Oklahoma.
"What the need is right now is cash to help us provide those canteens and provide the food and the counselors, the volunteers, to get down there and to house them, to meet the immediate need of those who are going through this disaster," say Cox.
The rescue efforts continue but as time passes it is turning more to one of recovery.
If you would like to donate to the tornado assistance efforts of the Red Cross call 1-800 RED-CROSS or text RECROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
To donate to The Salvation Army call 800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware