After a tornado the day before, Levi Fogle, takes a break and plays guitar while Sarah Pearce continues cleaning up and salvaging what they can at their home Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Harrisburg, Ill. Their children, daughters ages 5, 3 and 8 months, were unhurt by the twister. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
As families across the United States are recovering from the recent damage caused by tornadoes, North Texans are working hard to provide staff and resources to aid those hit hardest.
The World Vision's National Domestic Disaster Headquarters, based in Grand Prairie, began providing relief on Saturday. The Christian based organization plans to send clothes, shoes, toiletries, cleaning supplies, blankets, water and food to children and families in need.
Phyllis Freeman, the Dallas Director of the organization, said they have their hands full. "We thought it was pretty busy last year, it was well over 100 tornadoes that touched down last year," Freeman said. "Yesterday 91 tornadoes touched down and it was just the second day of severe weather season."
The 60,000 square foot facility has enough inventory to take care of more than 100,000 families.
Now after another round of storms, they are sending new crews and supplies to help those in Alabama as well as Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana.
The American Red Cross North Texas Chapter already had crews in the Southeast. They are standby to possibly send more supplies and volunteers. An Oncor spokesperson said it has not been asked to send trucks at this point.
Here is how you can help:
World Vision Emergency and Disaster Response
American Red Cross Tornado Relief Response
You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999
Salvation Army Tornado Aid Blog