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Donations flood disaster stricken areas

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AMARILLO - NewsChannel 10 is still getting calls and messages from viewers in the panhandle wondering where donations can be dropped off for tornado victims in Oklahoma and how they help.

The best way to help though, might be a few months down the road. Because when disaster strikes, Americans immediately respond in a big way, but often times the help dwindles as time goes on and news coverage dies down.

"It was amazing to see how fast people mobilized in our community to help us out," Moore resident Kim Chancellor said. "Within 12 hours we had more than enough bags of clothes and toiletries. We actually gave a lot of it back so they could give it to people who needed it."

Moore Oklahoma has more food, water, and supplies than they have room to store right now, and as many residents start the long road of rebuilding, they're overwhelmed with the support.

Chancellor held her six-year-old son under her arm and two-year-old daughter by the hair to keep them from blowing away in the massive tornado Monday. Amazingly, they all survived to tell the story.

"My two-year-old, she doesn't understand that our house is destroyed. She's just like Mom I want to go home, want to go home," Chancellor said.

Chancellor doesn't know when her family will have a home to go back to, or what help they'll need along the way.

"I know my immediate needs are met, but three months, six months down the road, I may really need something, I don't know," Chancellor said.

That's a common theme with all the Moore residents NewsChannel 10 spoke with, and the same was true in West, Texas, where more than 300 people were displaced after a deadly explosion. Enough supplies to take care of thousands flooded into the tiny town.

"The challenge in a big incident like this is that people want to do something, they want to do something physical, and they want to do it right now," American Red Cross volunteer in Moore, Dan Halyburton said.

Right now, Oklahoma has plenty of support from all over the country.

Chip Keating's father was governor of Oklahoma during the OKC bombing and the 1999 tornadoes.

"This is going to be a very tough next couple of years," Keating said.

Keating knows from experience how long recovery takes. So when this disaster starts to disappear from the headlines, help will still be needed.

For what needs the community of Moore has right now, check servemoore.com. The city of Shawnee, Oklahoma also has a list of the changing needs on their city website.

Of course, the most immediate help that can be given is monetary donations. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or donate any amount on their website.

The Salvation Army is also taking donations on their website, or you can text STORM to 80888 to donate $10.