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[IDHS] Money is Best Gift of All to Help Hoosier Tornado Victims
Start Date: 11/22/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/22/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS – Many individuals are asking how they can best help the victims of last Sunday’s storms and tornadoes. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security advises Hoosiers to be organized in their volunteer efforts and to give money through the proper channels, as opposed to donating items.

“It is best to donate money to a legitimate relief agency that you know rather than send or take items such as clothing and food to areas hit by a disaster,” said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson. “Most areas are dealing with debris removal and other activities and simply cannot handle the logistics of sorting, storing and distributing items that just show up. Monetary donations to the proper organizations allow for the most-needed provisions to be purchased and distributed quickly and to exactly where they’re needed.”

Erickson praised the kind thoughts of well-intentioned Hoosiers, but urged giving to or volunteering with organizations they know and trust. He added that people wanting to volunteer to help with things like clean-up should not just show up to a disaster area.

Individuals interested in volunteering can contact their local Red Cross ( or Salvation Army ( office.


Media Contact:
IDHS public information officer on duty at 317-234-6713 or
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