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Quapaw residents find communal relief and shelter at temporary resource center

Quapaw resident Aletha Rodgers is eager for one thing. 

"Go back home," she said.

Rodgers and her husband Don were in their apartment when the tornado touched down behind their building. It spared their home, but not their electricity. 

"And we need electricity for his oxygen machine."

The couple is currently seeking power and shelter at the temporary resource center run by the American Red Cross.

Held at the Quapaw Tribal Center, volunteers from the Quapaw Tribe, Southern Baptist, Shriners and Integris are providing hot meals, warmth and shelter for those affected by the tornado.

"We'll be feeding a couple hundred people on the road and about that many here at the center," said Jim Sellers, American Red Cross Eastern Oklahoma Region.

According to Sellers, approximately 40 volunteers have offered their time since Sunday, some, he says, staying around the clock. 

The community center is a place of camaraderie. While there have been many many tears, there have also been many hugs and words of encouragement. 

"Don't lose hope and don't lose faith," said Rodgers.

 Sellers notes the communal help that has aided the endeavor of the American Red Cross.  

"Some people have been generous by bringing things in to us that we can turn around and give people some assistance with food as they begin their road to recovery."

As for Rodgers, she and her husband are grateful to be able to return to their home once power is restored, an option that others in Quapaw unfortunately do not have. 

"Because they've lost homes, lifetimes of memories, so, it hurts. It's hurting everybody."

Financial assistance will be provided at the facility tomorrow morning beginning at 10:00. Some of the agencies that will be on hand include The Salvation Army and Oklahoma Insurance Commission.

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