May 21, 2013
Any time disaster occur, our nation comes together to help out neighbors in need. This includes local chapters of national organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Both organizations are saying that money is the best way to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma, not items.
At this point, the Charlottesville Red Cross is on standby with about 30 volunteers ready to go to Oklahoma when the national organization says it's time to deploy.
Nick Drauschak, Disaster Services Program Manager for the Charlottesville Chapter of the American Red Cross, said, "Our volunteers are well trained and ready to go. They're in a state of readiness. Once national chapter tells us that they need extra volunteers we're happy to send them."
Right now, the best way for you to help is by giving monetary donations.
Drauschak said, "That's the biggest thing of need right now is financial assistance for the folks in Oklahoma."
Maj. Allen Johnson is the Commanding Officer for the Charlottesville Salvation Army agrees that money is the way to help.
Maj. Johnson said, "Right now, we are looking for cash donations so that we can purchase the things out in the area that need to be done and in bulk purchases of what we need."
If you're not able to donate money, Maj. Johnson said that keeping Oklahoma in your thoughts is more helpful than items.
Maj. Johnson said, "Offer a lot of prayers for those who have been touch by this. It would be by the grace of God it's us. We're thankful we aren't effected by but we are looking to help in any way they can."
To donate to the Red Cross, their website is: http://www.redcross.org/va/charlottesville. You can call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
For the Salvation Army, the website is: www.salvationarmyusa.org. The telephone number is 1-800-725-2769 or you can text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.