SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With at least 24 people killed and thousands more having lost everything in Monday's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma , it is natural to want to help. Yet some types of donations are more helpful than others.
Rick Lee, Executive Director of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross , told 22News that it is instinctive for many people to want to send clean clothes, food, water, and toys to disaster areas like Moore. But such donations are simply not helpful at this point, due to just how chaotic the situation is down there.
Financial donations are the best support to offer the Red Cross; that money is then spent in the Moore and Oklahoma City region to support those ravaged economies.
The American Red Cross is already doing their best to deliver food, water, and medicine to victims, but it can be difficult because of safety issues like trees and power lines that have been knocked down.
"Everyone who's affected by this has the feeling, and the right to feel ‘why is no one helping us this very minute?' They're usually cut-off from communications and don't know how widespread the devastation is," Lee said.
The easiest way to check on loved ones following a natural disaster is through the American Red Cross 'Safe and Well' site. It's an organized place where victims check in so that their family and friends know they're safe and well when they check the list.
To make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief , you can easily send a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
To stay prepared and in-the-know in the event of a tornado, you can also download the American Red Cross' Tornado Warning app ; which offers important safety tips in the event of a disaster.