SE WI volunteer organizations sending teams to Moore, OK

SOUTHEASTERN WI (WITI) -- One day after a tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma, volunteer groups in southeastern Wisconsin put plans in motion to assist those affected by the disaster.

The Salvation Army and its territorial headquarters received a request from Oklahoma. Five people are already en route from the Midwest region -- and this group is just one of many from Wisconsin offering assistance.

"We now have mobile feeding units in the field providing food, hydration, water, beverages -- and set up shelters to help with that and provide emergency counseling," Tom Thuecks with the Salvation Army said.

After dealing with what has now been declared an EF-5 tornado, it is important to have more than just tangible relief.

"We sent five individuals for emotional spiritual care. These are trained individuals and pastors that have the experience in helping people in crisis," Thuecks said.

Mary Ann Lee has been on at least 50 trips for disaster relief with members of Elmbrook Church. This week, her team was routed to Oklahoma.

"You have pressure on your soul to go help," Lee said.

Lee's team of 15 travels with Samaritan's Purse -- an organization that goes beyond just fulfilling basic needs.

"We will be cutting down trees, putting blue tarps on their roofs. It will be debris removal. It will be looking for personal possessions," Lee said.

Whether it is loss of personal property or a loved one, the volunteers will see the victims through this traumatic experience.

"We want to be here to provide a sense of hope in what may be a hopeless situation," Thuecks said.

Those looking to help can send monetary donations via the Salvation Army and/or the American Red Cross:

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