Cash better than goods for tornado victims

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - People who want to help victims of last week's tornadoes and storms should donate cash instead of goods, a Kentucky official says.

Division of Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers says many communities have been overwhelmed with items collected and don't have space to store the goods.

People who do want to donate items are encouraged to give through groups such as the Salvation Army or the Christian Appalachian Project, the Lexington Herald-Leader said ( ). Those groups coordinate with officials on communities' needs and have storage to hold items until they're needed.

Red Cross spokesman Winn Stephens says his agency has been notified that the immediate needs of storm victims are being met for items such as food, personal items and cleaning supplies.

Rogers says cash helps cover specific needs.

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