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MAHONING VALLEY, Ohio - As residents living along the Oklahoma tornado's path return to their neighborhoods and sift through the debris, many people here in the Valley are wondering how they can help.

Healthy Living Reporter Kate Keller found out what local organizations are accepting donations.

There are several organizations that people living in the Shenago and Mahoning Valleys can donate to to help those impacted by the tornado, including the Salvation Army, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the American Red Cross.

The path of Monday's deadly tornado stretches nearly 17 miles.

"I don't think anyone can ever anticipate this level of devistation and everybody in the world wants to help," says Karen Conklin of the Mahoning Valley Red Cross.

Emergency crews are still in recovery mode. State and federal resources are being brought in to help, as are organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and food banks affiliated with Feeding America; all of which have local branches here in the Mahoning Valley that are accepting donations.

"We know our Mahoning Valley is a very generous community," Conklin says.

To donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, you can log on to RedCross.org. you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or you can donate $10.00 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army in Youngstown is also encouraging monetary donations. Visit salvationarmyusa.org to donate or you call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10.00 donation.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is accepting both monetary and food donations at its Salt Springs Road facility. Because of their affiliation with Feeding America, the food bank is collecting food and funds, which will be combine with donations from other Feeding America affiliates and shipped to Oklahoma.

"We are looking for things that are easy to transport, and that will have the ability to be stable for quite awhile," says Mike Iberis of the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank.

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