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Red Cross Provides Hope for Oklahoma Families after Tornadoes

  • Nancy Coffey was helped by the Red Cross
    Moore resident Nancy Coffey and Red Cross caseworker Barbara Curry in the resource center for residents affected by the March 25 tornado. Coffey got much needed assistance so her family can begin their recovery. Photo: Ken Garcia/American Red Cross
I have been so overwhelmed. It was nice to get some answers. Barbara, the caseworker, was great.

On March 25, the skies over Moore, Oklahoma turned dark as Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the city, dropping a tornado that damaged neighborhoods and destroyed homes. Over the past week, the American Red Cross has been on the ground, helping families and communities get back on their feet in the aftermath of yet another tornado.

“Two years ago, my 15 year old son was home alone when the 2013 tornado hit,” said Moore resident Nancy Coffey. “I now know what he was going through. I honestly thought I was going to die.”

Last week’s tornado caused major damage to her upstairs, nearly ripping off the second floor of the Coffey home. Her room, her clothing and priceless treasures are now gone.

“I kept everything upstairs on shelves – all of my kid’s stuff,” she said. “Now the shelves are gone.”

Not knowing what to do next, Coffey visited the resource center opened by the Red Cross in Moore. She met with a trained caseworker to tell her story and get support for her family. With extensive damage to her home, Coffey’s first priority was housing. Thanks to the Red Cross, she will have the assistance she needs to find a place to live.

“This has all been so amazing,” Coffey said. “I have been so overwhelmed. It was nice to get some answers. Barbara, the caseworker, was great.”

In addition to assistance with housing, the Red Cross was also able to refer Coffey to partner agencies where she could obtain other necessities such as clothing.

“The kids are fine. Dogs are fine. The community support has been phenomenal,” she said.

Since last week’s tornadoes, the Red Cross has served more than 8,000 meals and snacks and distributed nearly 2,700 relief items to help residents recover.

How to Help

You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.