CLEVELAND — As we watch the devastation in Oklahoma, many want to know how to help the victims of this massive tornado.
“Our country is in need so it just feels in my heart to be able assist these people,” said Pastor Angel Arroyo.
Arroyo, who is also a “Guardian Angel,” drove supplies to Long Island after “Superstorm Sandy” devastated the east coast last year. Now, the pastor plans on doing the same, but in Oklahoma.
Arroyo and his organization are accepting donations all week at the “Spanish Church of God Ebenezer” in Lorain and the “Spanish Church of God” in Cleveland.
“We are trying to give multiple drop off locations for the viewers to be able to drop off non-perishable food, diapers, cleaning supplies and fiscal donations that will go for the truck rental and gas that will make it to Oklahoma and back,” said Arroyo.
The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are already on the ground in Oklahoma providing assistance to the people affected by the tornado.
“We are helping with donations right now as monetary donations” said Major Larry Shade of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross prefer monetary donations through their website or through text message rather than accept supplies. They said this way they can buy the necessary goods and get it to the people who need it.
“For individuals, it just becomes too cumbersome to send that stuff and get it together and send it and there is no warehousing for it now and they are trying to get it assembled that get ready for that, ” said Shade.
The American Red Cross is also urging people to donate blood. They say it’s vital during these difficult times.
“Currently the Red Cross has enough blood product to meet the current need but
however, we are encouraging people with type o-negative blood to donate.” said Megan Koeth of the American Red Cross.
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