Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to help the Oklahoma Tornado Survivors!

If you are looking for ways to help the Oklahoma tornado survivors, check these organizations out:

American Red Cross 
Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here or give blood at a local hospital or blood bank.Send $10 to the Disaster Relief fund by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 or by visiting the website at RedCross.orgPhone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095
AmeriCares 
AmeriCares delivers medicines, medical supplies, and aid to people in need across the United States and around the world. Their emergency response team is in Oklahoma coordinating deliveries of emergency aid and assessing the needs of survivors and health care organizations in the disaster area. You can help by donating through the organization’s website, calling 1-800-486-HELP, or texting “LIVE” to 25383 to make a $10 donation. Please mail your check or money order to: AmeriCares, 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902
Feeding America 
For every dollar donated, Feeding America provides eight meals to families facing hunger. Donate here to help the organization deliver truckloads of food and water supplies to the affected Oklahoma communities. Phone: 1-800-771-2303
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief 
Monetary donations are the best way to help, according to its website. You can make a one-time or monthly contribution to aid in the Disaster Relief efforts by donating online or by mailing a check to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112. They are currently not taking clothing donations.
Operation USA 
Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction, and development aid. Donate here or 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.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma asks that the public support all rescue, recovery, and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Click here to make a donation online or text “FOOD” to 32333. Each text is $10 charged to your phone bill. Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged.
Salvation Army 
The Salvation Army is currently organizing disaster response units to serve the hard-hit areas in Oklahoma. Supporters are encouraged to give online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.” Donate to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief by mailing a check to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.
United Way of Central Oklahoma  
The organization advises that monetary donations are the best way to help. Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. Donations may be made online at www.unitedwayokc.org or by mail to: United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK  73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.
Samaritan’s Purse
The international Christian relief organization will provide emergency assistance as well as cleaning and repairing damaged homes. Donations to help victims can be made at samaritanspurse.org.
OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund
The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, on Tuesday established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help "with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee." Donations can be made online at UnitedWayOKC.org.  Phone: 1-405-236-8441.
Feed the Children
Feed the Children has set up five locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations to help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks. The organization is also supporting mobile canteens in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. You can donate online, or make a $10 donation by texting the word DISASTER to 80888.
Central OK Humane Society 
(For the pets left homeless and injured.) Currently greatest need is financial donations to help treat and house lost and injured animals. Current in-kind needs are: Towels, paper towels, bleach, gloves, and crates. All donations can be taken to either Central Park Dog Daycare locations in Oklahoma City, OK (2905 NW 70th and 5420 N. Classen Blvd.) Pet food donations may be taken there as well.


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