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Tennessee Sends Volunteers, Relief To Oklahoma

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several groups across Tennessee have sent volunteers and relief to help with tornado recovery in Oklahoma. 

Volunteers with the local American Red Cross left the facility on Charlotte Avenue around noon with supplies and mobile food trucks. 

Bob Stafford and Beth Ferguson both have volunteered in natural disaster areas before and they both said it's hard both mentally and physically, yet rewarding.

"Somebody has to show up and feed them, take care of the, give them a place to live; so that's what we do," said Stafford.

"When it comes to the emotional stress of the job, I don't know if we prepare really, but we just take who we are and give all we got and we hope it's enough," Ferguson said.

There are 27 Red Cross emergency vehicles from across the country heading to Oklahoma, including the one driven by Stafford and Scott.

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief effort also assembled truckloads of supplies, and headed to Oklahoma City on Tuesday morning.

They plan to load up another truck Wednesday with non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, pillows, sheets and blankets. Each box contains 60 items to help families hit hard by the tornado.

Meanwhile, Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.

Cooke said the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.

The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.

The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.

If you would like to help, there are several ways you can do so:

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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