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May 22, 2013

Donations to national charities is best way to help disaster victims

RICHMOND — The best way to help with relief efforts associated with the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma is to contact national organizations such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, according to a statement from the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

While those two charities have offices in Richmond, responses to major disasters such as the Oklahoma tornado are conducted by their national organizations. They can be conatacted online at:

• www.redcross.org/

news/press-release/Red-Cross-Statement-on-Oklahoma-Tornado

• disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/media/?ID=42f1ee72954ce1d6a15cafd9bbdb7804

Donating money to the efforts is the most efficient use of time and energy, the local EMA said.

Monetary donations are the best way to contribute to relief efforts when a large-scale disaster occurs, said  Capt. Mark Love of the Salvation Army’s Madison County units.

“We are able to process monetary donations, but not what are called in-kind donations of goods,” he said.

Goods such as clothing, linens, or equipment would have to be shipped to the affected areas which would be costly and potentially wasteful, Love said. Local donation management efforts can be overwhelmed by spontaneous donations.

Coy Prichard, executive director of the American Red Cross’ Daniel Boone Chapter, also recommended sending money to relief efforts.  

“We have no way to ship items to those in need,” he said.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made by credit card at the secure website, www.redcross.org,

or mailed to The American Red Cross, 1450 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Checks specified “OKLAHOMA TORNADO” will be used specifically toward relief for this event, Prichard said.

“Those who donate via mail will receive a reply letter as a receipt,” he said.

Madison County residents can contact local Red Cross by calling 623-1336.

The Salvation Army may be contacted at 624-5826.

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