How to help Okla. tornado victims

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How to help Okla. tornado victims

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The American Red Cross issued a statement today seeking aid for tornado victims in Oklahoma.

Disaster Cycle Services Senior Vice President Richard Reed urged people to donate funds.

“We will be opening up additional shelters and delivering thousands of meals and water in the coming hours, days and possibly weeks ahead. But we can’t do any of this without the generosity of individuals like you,” Reed said.

He also told people to be on alert for more severe weather.

“The National Weather Service warns that the threat of severe weather continues from Texas to the Great Lakes,” he said. “Be sure that you and your loved ones are prepared and stay safe.”

Safety tips are available via the Red Cross Tornado App for smart phones.

Reed also said anyone in need of assistance should reach out by going online to www.redcross.org/find-help.

A group from the Dayton chapter left at noon today to get to Oklahoma.

Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash also sent a team to the devastated area. It is working with Procter & Gamble to provide products.

“The team will take an initial load of supplies and is hoping to set up distribution tomorrow,” said Joodi Archer, development and media director at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash. “We are accepting donations that include personal care products, First Aid supplies, nonperishable food, water, and clothes.”

Volunteers are welcome to work at the Matthew 25: Ministries facility on Kenwood Road.

“Our plans were to be closed for Memorial Day weekend, but that may change. We’re waiting to see how urgent the needs are (in Oklahoma) and what volunteers come in to help,” Archer said.

“We will continue responding as long as there is a need,” said M25M’s Disaster Relief Coordinator and CEO Tim Mettey.

To contact M25M, call (513) 793-6256.

Kroger stores are also now collecting for tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma.

“Donations can be made via checklane coinboxes located at each register at the 110 stores located in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky,” states a release.

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