Authorities report 24 people are dead and nine of them being children including seven in a flattened elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma. Many people have been left to wonder, how can I help? One way to help is by donating money to the Red Cross to help get food, clothing and shelter to those in need.
But, if you are one of those people who like to get your hands dirty, the Red Cross welcomes you. â??We're always looking for volunteers,â?? said American Red Cross North Central Missouri Chapter Executive Director Deane Valkenaar. â??When something like this happens everybody wants to go. You need to volunteer beforehand. Paperwork has to be filled out and you have to be trained to do something. We can train you and we will provide everything that you need to go there, but you need to do it in advance.â??
Valkenaar said you can come in at anytime to volunteer. He said age is not a barrier. Heâ??s worked with people from the age of 18 to 91.
The North Central Missouri Chapter will be having a class for volunteers next week. â??We're looking at possibly setting up a class beginning of next week for client case work, which would be someone going out there and finding out what the needs are and beginning to help them meet those needs,â?? Valkenaar said.
He said the Red Cross has 30 emergency response vehicles on the way to Moore, Oklahoma. The National Weather Service said there were areas with Category EF5 damage, which is the highest classification for tornadoes, meaning winds had exceeded 200 mph.
If you would like to volunteer, click HERE for a link to the application.
To donate text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation, or call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to www.redcross.org.