Midwest tornado: 3 ways you can help victims

At a moment's notice, two hundred Valley Red Cross volunteers are ready to help those families devastated by tornadoes in the Midwest.

Helen Lindsey is one of them. She's been on standby since Monday morning and she's anxious to head out.

"When you go out and you see the devastation on TV, its nothing like it is on TV, it's worse when you see it in person and it just, it tugs at your heart for the people that are out there."

Ever wondered what volunteers bring with them?

A week's worth of clothes, plenty of batteries, flashlights and chargers.

And, in case there isn't any power, they have a weather radio that doubles as a phone charger. They can actually hand crank it to get juice.

If you have friends and family in the disaster zone, there are three ways you can make the most impact:

  • The Red Cross needs your blood donations because the need is only growing.
  • You can also donate money. Red Cross workers say, sending supplies can do more harm than good at this stage of the recovery process.
  • And, ABC15 is hosting a phone bank Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Red Cross. We'll be tallying up your donations live during our newscasts.
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