Local Charities Work to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(FOX 42 NEWS)-- Plenty of people in Omaha are rallying to help people left with next to nothing after a deadly tornado passed through Moore, Oklahoma Monday afternoon.

A group of about 10 people walked between a warehouse and a truck carrying heavy boxes of food Wednesday.

They were helping out the local group Kids Against Hunger by packing and loading more than 47,000 meals which are headed to Oklahoma first thing Thursday morning.

"When I heard on the news about the storm in Oklahoma, I really wanted to help them," said young Ethan Barber.

The group is also collecting donations of new blankets, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers and baby formula, but no glass containers.

There will be somebody at the warehouse Sunday May, 26th from 1-3 p.m. to take more donations. The warehouse is located at 4383 Nicholas St.

"It's something where you can go to bed feeling like you accomplished something besides just writing a check," said Kelly-Jo Yaksich.

Other local groups are leaving drop boxes at area businesses where people can leave non-perishable food and other essentials.

Those are located at: Hyvee at Shadow Lake, Beyond BBQ on 46th and Dodge Streets, and at the base exchange on Offutt Air Base.

"We do live in tornado alley here in Nebraska and I would always hope that someone would do it for me, so I think it's important that we help each other out every chance we get," said Sheila Enderle.

She'll be collecting items through Friday and then driving them to Oklahoma over the weekend.

The Red Cross is asking for cash. You can donate by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS; online at; or by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Sadly, when tragedy strikes it doesn't take long for scammers to pounce on people's generosity.

The Better Business Bureau suggests looking into the charity before donating, finding out where the money is going and researching if the charity has a location on the ground in the impacted area.

The group said the money can sometimes be going to another group instead of directly to the intended cause.