2 Nacogdoches organizations are joining Moore, OK relief effort

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - People want to find some way to help each time there's a disaster. East Texas News found several different ongoing efforts in Nacogdoches to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

The Drewery Disaster Recovery Command Center will be pulling out from Nacogdoches tomorrow for Moore, Oklahoma.

"They will be assessing the damage, putting together the numbers," said project administrator Summer Wheaton.

The company will partner with Oklahoma-based companies in the bid on construction debris removal and demolition. The faith-based business will also offer their services in other ways.

"Contact some local ministers in the area and work with them as well to see if we can make our services available to citizens, their church members and certainly we keep them in our prayers and thoughts," Wheaton said.

At Nacogdoches County United Way, Executive Director Gary Ashcraft is providing a link to United Way of Central Oklahoma. It has activated a disaster relief fund, so individuals can specifically support rebuilding.

"They're more concerned with sustainability rather than that first rush in to do things, and then everybody rushes out, asking, "Where are you?" Ashcraft said.

Salvation Army and Red Cross are also reputable organizations, something Ashcraft says needs to be considered before making any donation.

"Donate to organizations that you are really are sure that they're doing what you want your money to do," Ashcraft said.

It's the reason why the Encompass Home Health employee-driven foundation has already raised $20,000. It's for their five Oklahoma co-workers, who lost their homes or suffered major damage. Fortunately no one lost their lives.

Various methods of charitable giving provide donors an opportunity to seek one that best meets the desire to help.

Here's the link for the United Way of Central Oklahoma's disaster relief fund. To donate to the American Red Cross, click on this link.

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