Helping Oklahoma from the Heart of Illinois

By Anna Yee

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM CDT

MOORE, Okla. -- Mile after mile of debris is what search and rescue teams are digging through, looking for survivors of the massive tornado that left central Oklahoma in ruins.

In Central Illinois, crews are waiting.
"Right now, we're just waiting to hear what they need and when," said Erin Miller, Communications Director for the Central Illinois chapter of the American Red Cross. "This is not a time that would be a good time to go and be a spontaneous volunteer."
What you can give are monetary donations.
"While they don't seem as much of a personal touch as donating a clothing item or something like that, we have to think that when we send it down there, there has to be a place to put it," said Rich Draeger, Assistant Development Director for the Salvation Army.
According to the Salvation Army, a $10 donation can feed a disaster survivor for one day, $30 provides a survival kit for a family of four and $500 can keep a mobile feeding unit running for a day.
"Do whatever you can," said Draeger. "Do a bake sale. Do something locally to create money. If you can't give money yourself, get a group of friends together and maybe think of doing something through your church, through your business, because it all really does help."
Erin Miller says right now, the local Red Cross is stable on their blood supply as well, but that could change once the extent of the damage is fully assessed, and that's when area crews will be ready to go, as relief comes full circle.
"It's all one mission," said Miller, "and we support each other and make sure that the same resources that were here during the flood will be there for the people in Oklahoma after these tornadoes."
You can donate to the Red Cross:
• By visiting
• Calling 1-800-RED CROSS
• Texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can donate to The Salvation Army:
• By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
• By mail:
The Salvation Army - Disaster Relief
P.O. BOX 2536
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Please make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes."
You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
As of now, local Oklahoma TV news stations are acting a storage sites for in-kind donations. (abc affiliate) (nbc affiliate) (cbs affiliate)
Call Oklahoma's "HeartLine" at (877) 362-1606 for updates on specific needs in the area.

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