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Forum staff reports, Published May 22 2013

Local efforts ramp up to help Red Cross and Oklahoma

FARGO – An official donation site for the American Red Cross has been set up at O’Kelly’s bar here.

Cash will not be accepted at the bar, but checks made out to the American Red Cross can be dropped off.

Bar owner Mike Clevenger said a computer will be online by this afternoon inside the bar where donations can also be made using a credit card through a secure connection.

Clevenger said he was moved by the devastation caused in Moore, Okla., and wanted to make it easier for people in the metro area to help out.

O’Kelly’s is at 3800 Main Ave. in Fargo.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are also auctioning off a suite for Saturday night’s game vs. Laredo. All proceeds from the auction are going to Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma. Bids can be placed on the suite online at www.fmredhawks.com.

The Minn-Kota Region Chapter of the American Red Cross, which is based in Fargo, has not deployed any teams to Oklahoma but remains on standby as crews from across the country continue to be deployed there.

The American Red Cross opened additional kitchens and sent more trucks and volunteers to the state Wednesday. More than 200 Red Cross workers are helping across Oklahoma.

The Minn-Kota Chapter did send volunteers to Cavalier, N.D., where flooding forced evacuations Tuesday.

Volunteers are preparing food for first responders, along with county and state officials who are monitoring the flooding situation in Pembina. The Red Cross will continue services as long as they are needed.

Anyone who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling (800) RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

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