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How to help Oklahoma tornado victims - please bump!

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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How to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Bryan Terry / THE OKLAHOMAN

Jerry Dirks, at right, hugs her friend Earlene Langley after a tornado hit Dirks' home just south of Carney Okla., on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Dirks was in her cellar at the time the tornado hit.

By Suzanne Choney, Contributing Writer, NBC News

The loss of life and stunning devastation in Oklahoma City suburbs after a monster tornado ripped through the area are heart-wrenching. But within hours, relief organizations were getting out the message on how to help.

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
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.

Salvation Army
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.

Feeding America
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.  
Phone: 1-800-910-5524.  

Operation USA 

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

Phone: 1-800-678-7255.


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by on May. 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM
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mommyakabooby
by Tree Charmer on May. 21, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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by Silver Member on May. 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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by ♥Char2theMaine♥ on May. 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM
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by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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redhead-bedhead
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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Matthew 25 Ministries is collecting goods and monetary donations to ship out as well. I'm not a Christian but I have volunteered with them because everything goes to those in need.

http://www.m25m.org/

taniamorse85
by Silver Member on May. 21, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Another way to help out is on Facebook, and it's free.  I can't afford to donate, so I was happy to find this.  Go to this page, and scroll down to the school search box.  Enter the zip code 73160, and click on Plaza Towers Elementary School (the one that lost 7 students).  They'll get 5 Box Tops for every click.

SissyAnn141
by on May. 22, 2013 at 2:53 AM
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Quoting redhead-bedhead:

Matthew 25 Ministries is collecting goods and monetary donations to ship out as well. I'm not a Christian but I have volunteered with them because everything goes to those in need.

http://www.m25m.org/

 NO, I did not click......

                Make sure it Reputable Organization, Trust-Worthy.

SissyAnn141
by on May. 22, 2013 at 5:09 AM
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redhead-bedhead
by Platinum Member on May. 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The BBB has a good report on them:

http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/cincinnati/relief-and-development/matthew-25-ministries-inc-in-cincinnati-oh-9409

Quoting SissyAnn141:

 

Quoting redhead-bedhead:

Matthew 25 Ministries is collecting goods and monetary donations to ship out as well. I'm not a Christian but I have volunteered with them because everything goes to those in need.

http://www.m25m.org/

 NO, I did not click......

                Make sure it Reputable Organization, Trust-Worthy.


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