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Upstate community seeks to help Oklahoma tornado victims

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Following the devastating EF-5 tornado in Moore, OK, many in Upstate South Carolina are wondering what they can do to help the victims and the community.

Greenville is about a 1,000 miles away from that disaster site, so several local agencies say the best way to help is with financial contributions. This weekend, many local Upstate organizations are making it easy to make those donations.

Beginning Wednesday, High Street Hospitality Group, which owns Sip, The Green Room and Ford's Oyster House, will be donating 10 percent of all sales to the Red Cross disaster relief in Oklahoma.

Local radio station X 98.5 will be collecting donations at the Ingles grocery store at Cherrydale in Greenville, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Greenville, along with The American Red Cross will be holding a candlelight vigil in NOMA square beginning at 8:30 p.m. Event organizers say candles will be provided. Greenville based, JHM hotel group says they'll match any contributions collected.

Over the weekend, the City of Greenville will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross at both Downtown Alive on Thursday night at NOMA and at the Main Street Fridays concert on Friday. 

The Salvation Army of Greenville said they haven't sent any volunteers to Oklahoma yet, but their mobile assistance Canteen unit is ready and waiting.

"The information we're getting from officers at the scene is to please just pray for us," said Lt. Rob Dolby from the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army is asking for financial donations and said just $10 can feed a disaster survivor for one day. $30 can buy a food box with staples for a family of four, $100 can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel, $250 can provide a hot meal for 100 and $500 can keep a mobile feeding unit fully operational for one day.

The Red Cross of the Western Carolinas are also asking for donations. They say at this point a financial donation is best because it will get to the community the fastest, and that money will stay in a community that needs it.  

"As you can imagine, the economy in Moore is devastated," said Brian Scoles, chief public affairs officer. "That allows us to move financial resources into that area and help revive the area."

The Red Cross says they are looking for more volunteers in the Western Carolinas region to serve both local and national events in the future as well.

For more information about donating to the Salvation Army, click here. For information about donating to the Red Cross, click here.  

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