Rules of donating

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Storm survivors in Oklahoma are in need of just about anything and everything right now.  The Monday tornado wiped out their homes, their cars, even their clothes and food.

We’ve been through the exact same thing here in Central Alabama and many of want to help.  But what is the best way to do that?

Salvation Army Director of Communications Brian Wallace says the best way to help is with money.  He says every disaster is different, with different needs and different fixes.  And the best way to change those issues is with cash.  It comes with a another effect.  That cash will be spent at local businesses and will help stimulate the post storm economy.

But there will be other needs coming up.  Many of them as early as next week.  Christina Tatum helped found Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa.  The group has made it their mission to help get goods from the places that have them to the places, like Oklahoma, that need them.

Things they don’t need right donated right now are fresh food and fresh meat.  They’ll spoil long before they make it to the disaster area.  What they’ll need first is canned food and water.  And don’t send clothes from state to state.  Tatum says other communites closer to the scene usually help with that.  But she says they will need new socks, underwear and personal items.

The other things that will be necessities very soon are cleaning supplies so they can clean up what the storm didn’t destroy.

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