WILKES-BARRE — Here in Pennsylvania, we are hundreds of miles from Oklahoma, but officials for the Wyoming Valley Red Dross say calls have been pouring in from our area. People here want to help tornado victims.
Homes flattened, entire towns destroyed. It was images like these that encouraged Fred Krapf of Fairview Township to stop by the Wyoming Valley Red Cross office in Wilkes-Barre.
“They need help, and I can’t go there to help them, so if I can donate just a little bit of money, I’ll do that,” said Fred Krapf, of Fairview Township.
He and his wife Pearl drove from Mountain Top to drop off a check for $100.
It’s a gift that Mina Hontz of the Red Cross says will certainly be put to good use.
“My heart is so sunk right now and stuff like that, I would just as soon sit and cry, but if it came down to it that I had to go down and help, I would,” said Red Cross volunteer Mina Hontz.
Hontz volunteers full time, now taking calls from those who want to donate and start fundraisers for the victims in Oklahoma.
She expects Red Cross volunteers from around the country will soon be called down south to help with disaster relief.
“When you hear about the houses going down and stuff, but to hear about a school going down with children in it, that’s the part that grabs you the worst,” said Hontz.
The Red Cross is only accepting money and blood donations, not supplies or clothing. Any little bit, even Fred Krapf’s $100 check, helps.
“You can’t send them furniture or anything, but you can send money. There is no feeling to it. I mean, you just do it,” said Krapf.
Again, she says the best thing to do right now. If you want to help is to donate money or blood. You can make donations at your local Red Cross chapter, go online, or call 1-800-REDCROSS.