Continuing Coverage of Tornado Outbreaks in North Texas

Relief Group Giving Care Packets to Tornado Victims

Each package includes personal message

By Keaton Fox
|  Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:38 PM CDT
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World Vision gathering supplies for storm victims and sending some special words of encouragement with each package.

Keaton Fox, NBC 5 News

World Vision gathering supplies for storm victims and sending some special words of encouragement with each package.

The North Texas branch of a Christian relief organization is putting together essentials for victims of this week's tornado outbreak.

Volunteers with World Vision are assembling packages in a warehouse tucked away in Grand Prairie. In assembly-line fashion, important items go into a bright orange pouch.

"Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, anything associated with a first-aid kit, will fit right into this packet," volunteer Charles Davis said.

At the end, they add a personal touch -- a handwritten note of encouragement.

"[I'm] just telling them to hang in there, dig in, rebuild, be strong, that we're pulling for them," Elizabeth Marks said.

"It makes a difference when someone knows that we're there, along with the others who are responding to this tragedy," said Rafael Munoz, World Vision youth and community engagement organizer.

Hundreds of the packets are going to storm-damaged areas Friday, along with family meal kits and water cleanup kits.

"We just want encourage people to know that we're thinking of them and we know they can come back and they'll all be OK," volunteer Carol Yokell said.

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