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Published June 18, 2010, 03:45 PM

Red Cross providing basic needs to tornado victims

(WDAY TV) - The devastating storms in North Western Minnesota hit families hard yesterday, leaving many needing, simple things like food, water, even a blanket. Cleaning up the damage and helping people in need is something the Red Cross does well, and they're gearing up to help those tornado victims.

Members of the Messiah Lutheran church dropped off home made blankets at the Red Cross tonight. You can see here, these 4-pallets of water will be heading down to Otter Tail County tomorrow.

The Red Cross says they already have seven Red Cross members in Otter Tail County and will be sending down six more tomorrow along with their mobile feeding unit. They will be sending snacks and other food items. The Red Cross says they have not needed to make meals and say the people there have been pretty self reliant.

“We don't know when a tornado is going to hit. We need to be prepared. We need to be on the ground within less then 24-hours if we can, and to help those people, if we need to, that's why we have a full warehouse full of cots if we need to shelter. We didn't need to shelter this time.”

The Red Cross spokes woman says just today Red Cross volunteers went to over 50-damaged homes helping people in need and says by tomorrow they will be well over that number assessing the damage.

I also spoke with the Salvation Army tonight and they said they have 8-volunteers there now, helping tornado victims and say they look to be there throughout the week.