More than $32,000 donated to help Oklahoma tornado victims

The La Crosse area community donated more than $32,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts during a 12-hour fund drive.

The drive, which was held outside of the La Crosse Center, benefits the victims and families of the Oklahoma tornado disaster.

“Watching it and seeing it, and seeing what other families are going through, it’s just devastating,” said Nicole Wiczek, a volunteer. “I know if something would happen to our home, I hope someone would help us.”


An EF-5 tornado with winds of up to 200 mph struck Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 100.

“(The money is used) for setting up shelters, helping and feeding people, getting bulk supplies out to people, clean up kits,” said Laurie Deflorian, a volunteer.

The local fund drive went from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

“You’ve gotta help everyone,” said Wanda Davis, a volunteer. “That’s what life is about.”

“There’s people out there that need help and I’m able to give it to them,” said Deflorian.

If you couldn’t make it to the drive, you can donate in the following ways:
TEXT: REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief (You can find more information on the text service at
STOP BY or SEND A CHECK to the Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2927 Losey Blvd. S., La Crosse; Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Closed Memorial Day)

*If you’re writing a check, the Red Cross asks that you put “disaster relief” in the memo line.