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Help Pours in for Oklahoma Fire Victims

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The fire clean up means facing an awful reality for many families who have lost everything.

Green country residents have been rushing to help. But many don't know how to help.

The Red Cross shelter is giving people like Charlene Rowell, who lost everything, a place to eat and a place to sleep.

"You try to grab what is important but the most important thing we got out was us," she said.

Charlene, her husband and two grand kids got to safety, but the couple is diabetic. Charlene has given her husband the shots.

"I have a piece of a bottle and two needles, which you are supposed to use them once, but we have been using them three times a day to get his shots. I've just not been taking them," she said.

Within minutes, she was surrounded by paramedics. This is just one example of the needs facing Oklahomans who lost their homes in the fires, said Donita Quesnell, of the American Red Cross.

"We are feeding people. We fed thousands out of this shelter alone the last four days," Quesnell said. "We are giving them a place to stay while they figure out what their next move is and how they are going to begin to cope and recover from this disaster."

If you give to the Red Cross, the money goes into their national fund, unless you specify your disaster. That money takes care of disasters, no matter where they are.

Individuals have been brining in bags of clothing--but the Red Cross says they have enough clothes.

"I'm a really large size. There's not a lot of large women that can go into relief center and find clothes, so they need to buy some short jeans. They need shoes," said Carol Hall, who works with the Baptist Disaster Relief Team.

And volunteer fire fighters may need fuel for their trucks and tanks. The need is great--for victims like Charlene, dealing with recovering and healing.

"It's a day to day thing. You don't know what you are facing or going to have to face," she said.

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