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Local Volunteers Help Tornado Victims

EUGENE, Ore. — Even though Moore, Oklahoma is nearly 2,000 miles away, two Red Cross volunteers from Oregon are heading there to offer a helping hand.

One of the volunteers is from Albany and the other is from Portland.

Both are what the Red Cross calls top-level volunteers; they’ve responded to a number of disasters in the past.

The Red Cross says it’s seen an outpouring of local support for the tornado’s victims.

“Whenever there’s a big disaster nationally, the people in Eugene do want to step in, whether that’s by making financial contributions or getting involved with the Red Cross, and today hasn’t been any different,” said Nathan Keffer, American Red Cross Readiness Specialist.

The Red Cross estimates thousands of volunteers from all across the country will be sent to Oklahoma in the coming days.

The Red Cross says AT&T customers in Eugene can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 support its efforts to assist those in need in Moore and the Oklahoma City. It says the donation will be charged on the customer’s monthly AT&T bill.

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