"The best thing Douglas County people can do is raise money for them," said Caroline Arter, interim executive director of the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross. "If everyone contributed a dollar it would make a big difference."
Cash donations can be made at the Red Cross, 2518 Ridge Court, and the Salvation Army, 946 N.H.
The Salvation Army also will accept nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, baby diapers, toiletries (especially contact lens supplies), flashlight batteries and work gloves for the disaster relief efforts.
One person was killed and 26 were injured when the tornado struck Hoisington Saturday night. More than 500 structures, including the town's high school and hospital, were damaged.
The Salvation Army and Red Cross have volunteers in Hoisington. So far, none have been needed from Douglas County, officials from the local agencies said.
"If they need more people to help out then they'll call us," said Salvation Army Capt. Sharon Young. "Also, if we get a large amount of donations we'll take the supplies out there."
Area residents also can make cash donations for Hoisington relief at any Dillons store in Kansas. The donation can be added to a grocery bill, Dillon Stores President Bob Colvey said. The company also has donated a truckload of drinking water to be distributed by the Red Cross.
The Douglas County Red Cross office also is accepting donations to assist flood victims in the Northern Plains, Arter said. Donations can be brought to the office for both problem areas or mailed to Disaster Donation, Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2518 Ridge Court, No. 205, Lawrence 66046.
Other methods of making donations can be found on the Red Cross Internet site, www. redcross.org.
-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.