Local groups to hold tornado relief event





St. Catherine Hospital, the Western Kansas American Red Cross and Finney County Community Health Coalition are sponsoring a free-will donation community hot dog feed and bake sale designed to help victims of last week's Moore, Okla., tornado.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the south entrance of St. Catherine Hospital, 401 E. Spruce St. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the cafeteria.¬ 

All proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross's assistance in supporting the residents of Moore.

The Red Cross is asking for cash donations only as disaster area officials have stated they are overwhelmed with clothing at this time. Cash donations will go directly toward the purchase of much-needed supplies for those in need.

The public is encouraged to attend the community wide event and share in the mission of helping those in need.

"It was an idea brought up to our Mission in Action Committee, a committee based here in the hospital," Shawna Deal, St. Catherine's community relations coordinator, said. "We really want to do something. This is a way that we as associates, and we as a community can help."

No specific fundraising goal has been set.

"We'll raise what we can raise. We're getting some of the chili donated and we hope to get some of the hot dogs donated so that everything can go to the tornado victims," Deal said.

If people want to make donations before the event, they can drop off a check at St. Catherine made out to the Red Cross. Deal said people may also drop a check off that same night, or contact her to make arrangements at 272-2529.

Those who wish may also donate to tornado relief directly through the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999; visiting www.redcross.org and clicking on the donate funds link; or by contacting the local chapter at 210 Fulton Terrace, or by calling 276-2762 or (800) RED-CROSS.

According to information on the Red Cross website, more than 600 people in Oklahoma spent Thursday night in Red Cross and community shelters. More than 350 Red Cross workers and thousands of volunteers are in the state. So far, in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention, more than 24,000 meals and snacks have been distributed.

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