WTVM 5/29/13 Editorial: Donating to disaster victims - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 5/29/13 Editorial: Donating to disaster victims

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The recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, tore a 17-mile path of destruction, killing at least two dozen, including children.

There were heroes who helped saved countless lives as the storms ripped the city apart… and now you have the chance to be a hero, too.

The American Red Cross depends on the generous contributions of time, blood, and money from you to support its life-saving services and programs.

For Oklahoma victims, and most disasters, money is the biggest necessity.

If you'd like to help, now is not a time to clean out your closet and donate used items. They need cash. 

The Red Cross purchased the items needed to help people long before this storm hit.

They are feeding and sheltering victims as well as first responders and seeing to their medical and personal needs.

The Red Cross has opened six shelters, 27 emergency response vehicles, deployed a disaster leadership team, and more are on the way from across the nation.

The organization has already deployed volunteers from Alabama and Georgia and more are expected.

The Red Cross, along with the Salvation Army and United Way are credible organizations who always show up to tragedies with first responders. Here are some ways you can help:

Red Cross 

Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 for a $10 donation

1-800-REDCROSS

 

Salvation Army

Text "STORM" to 80888

 

United Way 

 

Before you donate anything, always check the credibility of a nonprofit organization.

It's amazing how a disaster thousands of miles away can pull on our heartstrings no matter where we live.

Do your part in helping victims pick up the pieces of their lives. You never know when you will be the one in need.


General Manager Lee Brantley brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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