Moore help

5/23/2013

Monetary donations best way to show support for victims.

Monetary donations best way to show support for victims.

Another massive tragedy has hit the nation, and in a place not far from Kansas.

And as always, the horrible fallout led many in our midst to seek ways to help.

Rescue crews continue working through devastation left by the huge twister that hit Monday in Moore, Okla. The tornado killed at least 24 people — including 10 children — and injured hundreds more while leaving tremendous property damage in its wake.

Homes, schools, medical centers and businesses were leveled in a community that's seen violent tornadoes touch down three times in less than 15 years.

While Americans watched in horror as the most recent tragedy unfolded, many wanted to reach out in some way.

Some even considered heading to the scene with supplies and manpower. But as heartfelt as such gestures would be, it's best to let the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other organizations coordinate shelter, food, supplies and other services needed to comfort victims. When a twister ravaged nearby Greensburg in 2007, truckloads of donated goods from folks with the best intentions sat outside the town, unfortunately, with some even sent to Wichita. Such situations are cause for relief officials to remind would-be donors of the most pressing need when disasters strike: cash.

That said, people who donate money to any relief effort should do so with care. Disasters often bring out the worst in some who see an opportunity to scam generous people through bogus relief efforts.

The Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way are among good organizations that make sure money goes where it's needed.

Moving forward, the Moore community must deal with the shock and sorrow of Monday's killer tornado. As the town recovers, the tremendous outpouring of support from people nationwide will emerge as a bright spot in the wake of the disaster.

Let's hope the generosity doesn't wane. Moore will need aid and support for some time to come.

For now, monetary contributions to organizations in position to assist will go a long way toward helping people affected by the nation's most recent disaster get back on their feet.

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