Oklahoma tornado: How to help
In light of the recent severe weather in Oklahoma, many have asked how they can help. See below for information on how you can assist some of the organizations on the ground and helping those who have been impacted. Check umb.com for updates.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund at redcross.org‡. The organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank‡. 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. Additional information can be found here‡.)
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095
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 cell phone. To confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes”.
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
The organization’s disaster relief fund was activated on May 20 so that individuals can specifically donate 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. 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’s mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks”. It is committed to providing hunger relief services during times of disaster and beyond, remaining in communities long after the first-responders leave and news of the disaster fades from national coverage. During this time, they will be mobilizing 200 hundred food banks and 61,000 agencies. To assist them in their efforts, you can donate online here‡.
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