Central Ohio organizations seeking donations for tornado victims

Repair and cleaning efforts begin on a neighborhood damaged by a tornado storm system that passed through the area, destroying homes and cutting off access to utilities, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Central Ohio organizations are now in "recovery mode" as they have to deploy volunteers to assist families affected by tornadoes in Dayton and Celina.

"Some of what we are seeing in the area today is a lot destruction," said Capt Darell Houseton, with the Salvation Army. "And, folks who are trying to make the best of a situation cleaning out their yards trying to get what they can out of their homes that are still safe to enter into."

The Salvation Army has fed more than a thousand people in need.

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"Right now we have four of our mobile feeding canteens that are out in different areas. Each canteen, there are 4 to 5 members. So, we are able to provide a hot meal. We're able to provide cold drinks. We're also able to provide cleaning products and tarps for the homes," Houseton explained.

The American Red Cross also sent volunteers to parts of the Midwest hit by the storm and flood waters. In all, the organization deployed more than 500 volunteers.

"We've now gone from the response phase into the recovery phase," said Jennifer Bowers with American Red Cross Ohio Buckeye Region. "So now, we're providing a lot of spiritual care, emotional support, talking to people about what it is they might need to be getting back on their feet. Our folks are going to be all over the Dayton area staying some in Celina to make sure people are all set."

Both organizations say the best way to help out is by donating monetary gifts.

To give to the Salvation Army: text STORM19 to 41444. To give to the American Red Cross, click here.