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HUDSON, Wis. (KMSP) -

The startling images out of Oklahoma have many Minnesotans wondering if they can do anything to help. Most send money, but a few are going above and beyond to get supplies to the area.

In a parking lot in north Hudson, a collection of essentials is growing quickly.

"The devastation down there -- I've never seen anything quite on that scale," said Leigh Halvorson, who isn't thinking twice about making a trip south.

Halvorson parked a trailer in front of his Village Inn Bar and Restaurant and asked for donations. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, he'll hit the road with the supply stash in tow.

He's already collected toilet paper, diapers and one donor even brought a whole pallet of bottled water. Some have also brought used clothes, but while Halvorson said he will take them, he'd prefer non-perishable food items.

In downtown Hudson, Agave Kitchen is hosting their own drive on Saturday afternoon between noon and 4 p.m. Last time they held a similar event, they filled a truck in two hours.

On Facebook, organizers specifically asked people not to bring clothing or household items, saying garage-sale items take too much time to sort.

In fact, that's why the American Red Cross has pledge drives like the one hosted by FOX 9 News, which raised $16,000. Organizers say it's best to collect money that can be sent directly to the chapter in Oklahoma because that's the fastest way to help survivors and put money back into an economy that suddenly needs it.

"The first steps are to get people fed, to get them sheltered, to get them clothed," explained Megan Dulgar. "So, when we have the cash to do that, we don't waste time sorting, cleaning and transporting items. We're able to go into the local economies and help get those businesses back up and running."

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