In times of great tragedy, Americans band together to help one another out. The images of destruction and chaos coming out of Oklahoma have many people offering their time, resources and prayers.
Many of you have asked us how you can help, so we’ve put together this list of resources:
Follow any of the links below to offer your time or funds.
This tip was given to us by John Lang (thanks, John!)
This from First United Methodist of Moore, Oklahoma:
Consider donating money to help those directly affected.
Money gifts also can be sent through your local church or directly to the Conference Treasurer’s Office, 1501 NW 24th, Oklahoma City OK, 73106-3635. Write “2013 May Tornado Relief” on the memo line of your check.
Convoy of Hope- At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
“In addition to the three tractor-trailers, our disaster response mobile command center, a box truck and debris removal equipment are also on site.
“The disaster response team at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., are continuing to coordinate additional loads of relief supplies in the coming days.”
Oklahoma Red Cross
The American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are delivering meals throughout the affected areas. Additionally, Red Cross has set up a website called Safe and Well. which works to connect loved ones in Moore who are OK. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.
Salvation Army– Oklahoma
The Salvation Army sent disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations that were affected by tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA is providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has deployed at least 80 volunteers to Oklahoma. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800.
The American Red Cross is also seeking blood donations. Those who are healthy and wish to donate, visit one of the many American Red Cross locations.
Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit that fights poverty, has sent a disaster relief unit and staff to help people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma City. Find out how you can support the organization’s efforts here.
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Learn more here.
Sources: USA Today and First United Methodist of Moore, Oklahoma, Huffington Post