Victims Don't Know Who To Call

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Saturday, March 18 2006 Mar 18, 2006 Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:51:23 PM CST March 18, 2006 in News

Disaster was the last thing on Loretta Kelz's mind until Sunday when her home was torn apart by a tornado.

"We have no house, my husband and I worked all of our life for this and this is all we had and everything's gone. But everybody is all right and I'm glad for that," she explained.

Everyone in her family is safe but she lost virtually everything which makes even a change of clothes a struggle. Some storm victims, like Kelz, don't even know help is out there. She didn't know to contact the Red Cross until someone called and told her the organization was helping with relief.

"The Red Cross has been wonderful to us. You don't realize it. You always think it isn't going to happen to me. Thats what I always thought and you know it would never happen to us and you don't realize it until it does," Kelz said.

Assistance comes with a price, and the Red Cross says they still need donations to continue relief.

"We need the support of those people who were blessed to not experience this to help meet the needs of these people," explained Jack Harvey of the American Red Cross.

Kelz said these donations have a whole new meaning.

"We appreciate the community and those who donate to the Red Cross. You don't realize stuff like this until it happens to you, and then you realize we should help more," Kelz said.

Tornado victims can get more information by contacting their local Red Cross chapter.

To make a donation call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

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