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FEMA asks citizens to stop donating goods to Moore, OK

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It has been over a month since a massive tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Okla., killing 24 people.

Since then the nation has been doing their part to help by sending donations to the town, but now FEMA officials are asking people to stop.

Officials say Oklahoma has been overwhelmed with unneeded donated goods like food and clothing.

The Lee County Emergency Management Agency posted the message from FEMA to their Facebook page and say even though these messages are rare; there are better ways to help.

"I have never seen a message come out from someone saying stop with the donated goods, but I have seen areas that have been overwhelmed with donated goods, clothing, all of that is labor intensive and someone has to go thought it, sort it, and get it back out to people. It's much better to just put a gift card in their hands, let them to go to Walmart and buy what they need," explains Lee County EMA Director Kathy Raines.

Instead of sending goods, several more helpful options are suggested including:

  • Selling collected items and donating cash to Oklahoma's OK STRONG Disaster Relief Fund
  • Donating non-food items to local thrift stores
  • Donating food to local food banks which might benefit Oklahoma via the Feeding America network, if food is needed

If you hear of local drives for food, clothing or other donated goods, please advise organizers not to send them to Oklahoma.

The EMA is asking everyone to help the people of Moore by sharing this message.

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