Oklahoma Strong: How to Bring Relief to the Tornado Victims

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  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who’ve suffered in the Oklahoma tornado. If you’d like to help, below is a list of organizations you can give to help the storm victims in their recovery:

    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.

    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.org.

    Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095

    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 http://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.

    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.

    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

    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

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