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American Red Cross responds to tornado outbreak across six states

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Brian Munoz
St. Louis Public Radio
Workers attempt to clear debris as part of a search and rescue operation on Saturday at an Amazon Distribution Hub in Edwardsville. Police confirmed at least two people died.

Multiple tornadoes touched down across six states Friday night, leaving thousands of people without shelter.

Dozens of tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee Friday night.

The American Red Cross is working in all of these states to help provide shelter and food to those affected by tornado damage.

Regional Communications Director Sharon Watson says the fastest way people can help is donating money to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

“That is the easiest way for us to be able to then purchase what's needed for those people who have been affected and provide support to anybody who's in a disaster, and we provide financial assistance to people who've gone through disaster whose homes have been damaged to the point they can't live in them and that gives us an opportunity to get that immediate assistance to them.”

Donations can be made by calling 1800 RED CROSS, or go to redcross.org or the red cross app and you can donate by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

The Red Cross also has openings for volunteer positions both virtually and in the field, click here to find out more.