As President Barack Obama has declared a majority disaster area in several Oklahoma towns that were devastated by a major tornado on Monday, the New York City Police Department and several local Hurricane Sandy relief groups are sending supplies and volunteers to that state.
By Tuesday, officials had determined that 24 people, including nine children, had died following the monstrous tornado.
They said said seven of the killed children were found inside an elementary school destroyed by the EF-5 twister that touched down in Moore, Okla.
The National Weather Service determined by Tuesday that the tornado, which was previously thought to have been an EF-4 twister, had force at the top of the damage measurement scale.
Hospital officials said 60 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, out of the hundreds that sought treatment.
Meanwhile, volunteers in one of the areas of Staten Island most affected by Hurricane Sandy are helping the Midwest state.
In Midland Beach, the Midland Avenue Neighborhood Relief center has served locals since the October storm, but now volunteers are also collecting household items and non-perishable food to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
The supplies will be driven to Oklahoma and are expected to arrive in the few days.
The center is focusing on sanitary and hygiene supplies, as well as baby items and non-perishable food. One of the collection boxes read, "Staten Island Loves You."
"I want to help every one of them, in Oklahoma, because Oklahoma people worked here in the first week, when we had the relief center here, they were helping the community here on Staten Island," said Aiman Youssef, a relief center worker.
Volunteers from grassroots Staten Island groups, including Where-To-Turn and Yellow Boots, used social media to reach out to individuals in Oklahoma who volunteered in Staten Island in the wake of Sandy, and said they want to return the favor.
"When we were at our lowest, we had crews from Oklahoma City, we had trucks from Oklahoma. So now it's our turn to pay it forward," said Mike Hoffman of Yellow Boots. "It's like we had help from Haiti, after we helped Haiti. That's the way it has to be."
Hoffman said his group is planning to head to Oklahoma, and his volunteers are equipped with plenty of experience from sandy to know exactly what to do to help out.
"We found out all the ways to appease all the different angles in a recovery situation in a disaster situation. We're not experts at it but we're pretty good at it," Hoffman said.
Meanwhile, the NYPD sent an officer, Sergeant Michael Kenny, on Tuesday morning to offer assistance in Oklahoma.
A joint command was established in Oklahoma, as crews continued to search for victims, re-establish vital services such as water and provide housing for the victims.
The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was also dispatched and told to get tornado victims whatever they needed "right away."
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the road to recovery is long, but the victims will not travel alone.
"We're a nation that stands with our fellow citizens as long as it takes. We've seen that spirit in Joplin, Tuscaloosa, in Boston and Breezy Point. And that's what the people of Oklahoma are going to need from us right now," the president said.
New Yorkers who want to help Oklahoma victims can also donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting "REDCROSS'' to 90999, or through the website redcross.org.
Staten Island Groups Helping Oklahoma