National non-profit groups ask for monetary donations to help Oklahoma families
PADUCAH, Ky. - Many local relief supplies are heading to Oklahoma. Jennifer Hughes is organizing an effort in Mayfield and said the donations have a destination, but many unsolicited drives don't.
"If you don't have a contact person, they have nowhere to store these things," said Jennifer Hughes of Operation HELP.
The Red Cross says the easiest way to donate, send cash. Jessica Toren, the Executive Director with the Paducah chapter, says cash can be utilized more efficiently.
"The American Red Cross has national level partnerships with the home dept and Fed Ex and we can get supplies there in bulk instantly," Toren told Local 6.
Tim Polley is the pastor at Benton's First Christian Church. He's collecting monetary donations Friday.
"We're willing to take whatever anybody brings. Whether it's a dime, a quarter, a dollar. We'll help take it to support our brothers and sisters in Oklahoma," Polley said.
Toren said most people mean well, but the help could also be a hindrance. Hughes volunteered during Hurrican Katrina and said she's seen first-hand the problems random donations can bring.
"Something we don't maybe think of - we have great hearts and great intentions, but we just jump in our truck with a bottle of water and we go drop off things," Hughes said.