Dallas Red Cross on the ground to offer tornado relief

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Posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 3 at 12:12 PM

North Texans are answering the call to help tornado victims in the Midwest.

Local Red Cross volunteers are already on the ground in Tennessee, with more headed there on Sunday.

"The good news is that Nashville itself got spared, but the bad news is there are many places across this state that didn't," said Anita Foster, spokeswoman for the Dallas Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Down in the Chattanooga area — which is kind of right there on the border with northern Alabama — there are a number of families that have sustained losses."

Foster said the Red Cross had 22 shelters in 11 different states open across the path of destruction on Friday night, providing needed aid to about 400 victims.

"We started in Tennessee; we're making our way into Kentucky now. We're going to stop in a town called Elizabethtown, then we're going to move on up the road into West Liberty," she said.

Foster stressed the important component of mental health in the assistance to storm victims who have seen their world turned upside-down.

"It just breaks your heart to talk to these families that just experienced this over and over again," she said. "Had people not prepared, it would have been so much worse."


If you'd like to help with relief efforts, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, an amount that will appear on your next cell phone bill. Or you can go to RedCross.org to make an immediate donation using a credit card.

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