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Local Red Cross volunteers head to Oklahoma for tornado relief

May 21st, 2013 10:42 am by Staff Report

Local Red Cross volunteers head to Oklahoma for tornado relief

Red Cross volunteer Norm Wilson packs the Emergency Response Vehicle at the Red Cross office on Wilcox Drive Tuesday.

American Red Cross volunteers in their Emergency Response Vehicle left Kingsport Tuesday for Oklahoma to join the relief efforts following Monday’s tornado that devastated Moore, Okla.

According to Associated Press reports, search-and-rescue crews worked through the night after the tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburbs, destroying an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children.

The Red Cross has shelters open in Moore and its volunteers are distributing food and supplies supporting first responders, and it will also send kitchen support trailers to provide meals to those forced out of their homes.

Red Cross officials say individuals who want to donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund can do so online at

The Salvation Army is also taking donations online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations can also be sent by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”

The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is taking donations at BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112. Or on line at

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