#ALTOgether: How to help Alto residents following devastating tornadoes

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ALTO, Texas — The small town of Alto in Cherokee County is beginning the cleanup process after tornadoes devastated the area on Saturday.

Residents are currently in need of:

  • Gatorade
  • Sodas
  • Chips (individual bags)
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Water
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels 
  • Storage totes
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Deodorant 
  • Soap
  • Shampoo 
  • Baby diapers 
  • Wipes
  • Baby bottles
  • Hair brushes
  • Dish soap
  • Work gloves

If you have access to chainsaws or tractors and are able to assist with the cleanup, you are asked to go to Alto Missionary Baptist Church, located at 107 East Elkhart Street. They are also accepting supplies and clothing donations. A. Frank United Methodist Church is also accepting clothing.

Prepared food and water should be taken to The River Church, located at 595 South Marcus Street.

Bancorp South Bank has also established a fund for monetary donations. You can tag the donation under the “Alto Relief Fund.” The bank is located at 134 North Marcus Street.

GoFundMe donation sites have been set up for Victor Galan, archaeologist ad Vice-President of the Friends of Caddo Mounds volunteer organization, as well as for the family of Jace and Dilynn Creel, who were killed during the storms. 

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Victor Galan


According to the GoFundMe, Galan sustained neck and spine injuries and will endure a long recovery.

The Creel children were killed after a tree fell on the vehicle they were in. The GoFundMe was established to help the family with funeral expenses.

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Jace and Dilynn Creel