05/22/2013 01:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Karrina And Sydnee Vargyas: Family Mourns 7-Month-Old, 4-Year-Old Oklahoma Tornado Victims

As families across Oklahoma start to pick up the pieces in the wake of Monday's devastating tornado, one family is reeling after the loss of two of their children to the storm.

According to a Tuesday report from the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office, Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months, and her sister Karrina Vargyas, 4, were among the 10 children so far declared dead in the suburb of Moore.

The medical examiner reports that Sydnee died from "blunt force trauma of the head." Her big sister sustained "multiple blunt force injuries."

So far, Sydnee Vargyas is one of the youngest victims, according to the medical examiner. The total stands at 24 dead, including 10 children.

Speaking with the Daily Mail, the childrens' father, Phillip Vargyas, still sounded dazed.

"We just don’t know what to do anymore," he said, adding, "At this point we have a lot of things to do, little things to do for the girls. ... We are trying to move in the right direction but it’s hard to know where to go at all, what to do."

According to the Daily Mail, the girls were at home with their mother, Laurinda Vargyas, when the tornado ripped the house apart. The mother managed to survive the ordeal, as did the two oldest children, Damon, 11, and Aria, 8, who were at school at the time.

Uncle Mike Canady told NBC Texas affiliate KCEN-TV that he never got a chance to meet his baby niece, but that a picture of her smiling always cheers him up.

"I thought I'd be able to see both of them grow up and be what they want to be, but now I really can't," he told the station. "I can't do nothing but just let them just look down on me."

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Okla. Mom Recalls Being In Labor During Tornado

While the Moore Medical Center crumbled around her on Monday afternoon, Shay-la Taylor was in labor with her second baby boy.

The mom-to-be knew about the severe weather watch as she checked into the hospital to be induced at 9 a.m. that morning, but says she wasn’t really nervous.

“We’re used to tornadoes and sirens,” the 25-year-old mom told HuffPost in a phone interview. “If you freaked out every time you heard a siren, you’d have an anxiety attack every May in Oklahoma.”

Click here to read the rest of her tale.

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California Cupcakery Holds Fundraising Event For Oklahoma

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Los Angeles plans to donate all of the proceeds from their (ever-popular) Red Velvet cupcake sold on May 22 to support Oklahomans affected by Monday's tornado.

"As a native Oklahoman with my parents and brother still living in Oklahoma City, I am especially heartbroken by this devastating tragedy," Charles Nelson, co-founder of Sprinkles, stated on Facebook.

For more, click here.

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PHOTO: Kevin Durant Tours Tornado-Ravaged Moore

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Basketball player Kevin Durant viewed tornado-damaged homes in Moore, Okla., on Wednesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder star also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The Thunder later matched the $1 million donation. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

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Mail Service Alternatives Offered In Storm-Damaged Areas

The post office branch in Moore, Okla., was one of the thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed by Monday's twister. To help residents impacted by the disaster, the US Postal Service is setting up mail service alternatives in the area, News9.com reported.

Some of the options being offered include held mail, portable post offices and delivery service through an alternative office nearby. Letter carriers will also attempt to deliver mail wherever possible.

Click here for more.