Relief donations easy to make

Maui County residents can help the Oklahoma victims of this week’s deadly tornadoes by making donations to help pay for relief supplies and other support, the American Red Cross said Tuesday.

People can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by going online to, calling (800) RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

Specialized Red Cross teams were dispatched to the scene of devastation in Oklahoma and were working there Tuesday, the agency said. The volunteers are expected to be there for weeks.

“Here in Hawaii, our thoughts and sympathy are with all those impacted by these tornadoes,” said Coralie Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the Hawaii state chapter of the American Red Cross. “Our local volunteers are on alert and stand ready to be deployed if requested.”

The Red Cross deployed almost 30 emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies in Oklahoma and more are on alert. Two Southern Baptist Convention kitchens and kitchen support trailers will join the relief effort with the ability to serve tens of thousands of meals a day, the agency said.

Emergency aid stations will open where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health services, and information about what help is available. The Red Cross is supporting first responders and working with local and state officials to make sure people get the help they need.