TABERNACLE - Many New Jersey organizations are reaching out to victims in the aftermath of the powerful tornado that ripped through Oklahoma Monday.
Greg and Karen Nixon founded Helping Hands of New Jersey after Sandy to help local victims. The couple runs the nonprofit from their home Tabernacle. When they saw the devastation in Oklahoma, they decided to give back.
Greg Nixon recalls how people from Oklahoma helped New Jersey after Sandy. "It’s time for us to pay back," he says.
The Nixons put out a call on Facebook, and less than 24 hours after the tornadoes touched down, donations are pouring in.
Volunteer Kathy Chapter says she moved to the Garden State from Oklahoma. She says she will now return to her home state to provide help to those who need it.
The Helping Hands truck left New Jersey for Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Helping Hands of New Jersey is continuing to collect donations for another trip to Oklahoma next week.
Several drop-off locations have been established. For details, go to the group’s Facebook page.
Members of the Visitation Relief Center also moved quickly after hearing about the devastating tornado. The group has been providing relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy for months.
The following items are needed at this time:
New Socks and underwear
Monetary donations- which should be made through the website
Other clothing is NOT needed at this time
Anyone with donations can bring them to the Visitation Relief Center's Brick location at 721 Mantoloking Road.
As always, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.