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How to Help Tornado Victims

How to Help Tornado Victims

The tornados on Monday, May 20 have affected a lot of people. At this time, many relief organizations are in need of cash donations to provide services to those in need. These organizations include, but are not limited to: 

American Red Cross

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. American Red Cross also suggests giving blood. You can do so at the Garth Englund Blood Center in Fort Collins. 

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. 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.)

To donate by phone, dial 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

You can also donate online at RedCross.org.

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.

OBDR is seeking monetary donations (clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website bgco.org

You can also mail 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. You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769) to make a donation by phone. 

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

Samaritan's Purse 

Staff members are on their way to the affected area to determine how they can help the people impacted by the tornadoes that raked the area. Two Disaster Relief Units are being deployed from their North Carolina headquarters.

You can donate online through the Samaritan's Purse website

Operation USA 

Operation USA is readying essential material aid– emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies– to send to where it’s most needed. Any funds collected for the disaster will be spent in Oklahoma helping community health organizations and schools recover from damage sustained from the severe storm system.

Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Text AID to 50555 and donate $10 to Operation USA’s disaster relief efforts.

 

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