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Local Salvation Army headed to Oklahoma City

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Updated: 5/21/2013 10:36 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Help is on the way. Northeast Florida neighbors are not letting the miles between them and tornado victims in Oklahoma City stop them from lending a helping hand.

More than 300 CSX employees packed into Veterans Memorial Arena to pack clothes to be sent for relief.

"I would guess that we'll send at least a full truckload to Oklahoma," said Genelle Thomas, spokesperson for Dignity U Wear, who organized the clothing donations.

Not just sending resources, We're also sending manpower. Major Ron Mott with the Salvation Army in St. Augustine is flying out Wednesday morning to offer emotional and spiritual guidance to families who have lost it all, including loved ones.

"We may be at the morgue when the families are notified. We try to be there with them for that," said Mott. "We hear that there's a possibility of a lot of children and it's going to be very tough trying to comfort a family losing their child," he said.

Mott will be Northeast Florida's boots on the ground, helping out, but he says he can't do it without local donations.

"If we have the actual money we can go ahead and buy locally and get it to them a lot quicker than trying to truck something from fl all the way to Oklahoma City," he said.

Mott plans to be in Oklahoma City until June 4th, but he knows families will need help long after he leaves.

"It's going to be a long road for these people," he said.

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RiverRat - 5/22/2013 8:28 AM
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The Salvation Army is a wonderful organization that utilizes all its resources to help others. Unlike the Red Cross whose primary mission is to make money to support all the six figure executive salaries.
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