TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 28: In the aftermath of a severe tornado, debris from homes in the Cedar Crest neighborhood that were destroyed lies on the lawns on April 28, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As of 8 a.m., at least 131 deaths were accounted for in Alabama. The tornado that touchdown in Tuscaloosa is estimated to be one mile wide. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI - If you want to help those stricken by the deadly tornado's in the South, both local and national charities have some suggestions as to the best way to do it.

The American Red Cross is providing shelter to many who have lost their homes. They are also providing many of the other services which they would normally provide in just such a disaster. If you would like to help the Red Cross, they ask you make a gift or donation online or in person at your local Red Cross office. You can get to the Red Cross website by clicking HERE . You can also make a donation via your mobile phone by texting 90999.

The Salvation Army is setting up mobile stations to feed people all across the affected regions. They also ask that you donate online or at your local Salvation Army store. You can get to the Salvation Army website by clicking HERE . You can also donate to the Salvation Army via text message. Send a text to 80888 on your mobile phone.

Other groups providing support include the United Methodist Committee on Relief. They are providing cleanup and rebuilding supplies and volunteer help. They ask those willing to help to go their website. You can find that site HERE .

There are several other organizations contributing to relief efforts, including Matthew 25: Ministries here in the Cincinnati area.

All groups urge that you check the appropriate website or contact them first before making donations.

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