I am staring at the news in shock over the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma after a twister over a mile wide swept away everything in its path. At current count, over 91 people have died, many of them children who were sheltering in place at a school. My heart is broken for the families affected.
Like many of you, one of my first thoughts during natural disasters is “How can I help?”. I was all over social media last night following the links to relief organizations. I’ve already donated to the Red Cross (twice actually, because my 5 year old insisted on donating there as well when he found out there were kids who lost toys). I’ve compiled a partial list of other organizations and resources for you to reference if you want to help as well – info for Oklahoma residents is first, scroll down for national resources. I will update this list if I hear of more organizations throughout the day:
FOR OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS:
KFOR news is keeping a running list of donations and drop-off locations for relief supplies http://kfor.com/2013/05/21/tornado-relief-drop-off-locations-around-metro-okc/
Variety Care (@varietycare), a Community Heath Center in OKC, is replacing medications for those who lost their meds. 405-632-6688.
Veterinarian helping animals @ Home Depot 650 SW 19th St., Moore
Benchmark Animal Hospital helping animals – 405-547-8381
Metro Shoe Warehouse donating shoes Prek-6th grade
Blood Drive Locations:
Riverwind Casino Wednesday, 10:00-6:00
Remington Race Park – Friday, 12:00-5:00
Newcastle Casino Saturday, 12:00-5:00
Journey Church in Norman is open as a shelter – 1-35 and Temcumseh in Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-217-8700 (This information comes from an area resident)
The University of Oklahoma was opening its residence halls to people displaced by the tornado. (405) 325-2511
Oklahoma Baptist University has opened up 160 dorm rooms FREE OF CHARGE for displaced tornado survivors. You’re to call the Presidents office or just show up and ask for the presidents office. Here are two numbers. 405-275-2850 or 405-878-2402
OU Housing and Food Services
5th St. Baptist Church
New Life Bible, Norman
Victory Church, Warr Acres
Lifechurch, 240 & Walker
Crossroads, 89th and Shields
Red Cross at St Andrews Church SW 199th and S May Ave
Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters —520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City
Carney Sr. Center, 301 Maple Ave.,Carney
Shawnee High School Athletic Center, 1001 N. Kennedy, Shawnee
Little Axe Resource Center, 156 Ave. NE, Norman
A Shelter/Reunification Center St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 2727 SW 119th St, Okc
Newcastle Storm Shelter, 851 N. Carr, Newcastle
Moore Community Center, 201 S. Howard, Moore
NATIONAL RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS
Team Rubicon http://teamrubiconusa.org/donate/ (A friend who was in a Sandy-affected area was very impressed with team Rubicon and suggests donating to their work)
The following list was compiled by NBC News, via Twitter
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.
If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.
If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.”
It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief’s website.
You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City.
Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.
Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.
“Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested.” Donations can be made online at
United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief” can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.
Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also “set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed.” You can donate onlinehere.
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is “readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies” to help Oklahoma’s community health organizations and schools recover.
You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Photo via KFOR
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