how to help oklahoma citizens and city
→When violence or devastating weather strikes, our natural instinct is to react with acts of kindness. This is a very good thing and an aspect of our culture that we appreciate and applaud. Not only does it help victims, and shows that despite being wrapped up in our lives, we are aware, empathetic and ready to help. Right now, we urge you to sit tight. Here’ why:
With search and recovery operations still underway in Oklahoma City, willing volunteers are being encouraged to exercise patience before making travel plans. Rescue personnel need to remain available and be able to get in and out of the city; the less live bodies they have to push through, and the less concerns that come along with throngs of people showing up to help, the more effective their mission can be. Instead of rushing to the airport of highway, help minimize unnecessary red tape/logistical concerns and keep focus on rescue efforts. You can do this by respecting charity organizations’ requests for cash donations rather than actual clothing, home items and other supplies; and being on stand-bay to travel.
There are ways that you can make a positive contribution while authorities do what they need to in the tornado’s aftermath. Here’s a good place to start (below). You’ll find similar lists around the web, but we thought it might be nice to curate some of the suggested organizations/relief initiatives all in one place. Feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page regarding any groups that you’ve discovered and want to share, as well as any new initiatives that you are leading/supporting, big or small.
- Convoy of Hope: Using online fundraising platform HopeMob, Convoy of Hope hopes to raise $15,000 in seven days for the town of Moore. The organization set the one-week goal because it says the first days are the most important for recovery.
- RYOT’s Oklahoma Victims Fund: RYOT, the online media platform that helps you take action when reading the news, has set up an Oklahoma Victims Fund, for which it’s covering all processing fees. RYOT’s initial goal is to raise $10,000.
- Text to Give to the American Red Cross: As always, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the organization. Your donation will go toward the Red Cross’ Emergency Relief Fund, which is working to provide relief in Oklahoma and Texas.
- Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Fund: You can also donate online to the Oklahoma Southern Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief Fund. All donations will go directly to tornado victims.
- Salvation Army: You can donate to the Salvation Army’s Oklahoma Tornado Relief, which will go toward the Oklahoma City chapter.
- Save the Children: Save the Children launched a donation page to raise money for the victims or the Oklahoma tornados. —via Mashable
- Feeding America: Phone: (800) 910-5524. Donate online here.
- The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged. Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to http://www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts. —via KGW.com Channel 8 (Portland, OR)
- Heart to Heart International: Donations can be made online, by calling (866) 341-GIVE [866-341-4483], or texting the word “HEART” to 27722 to make a $10 donation through a mobile phone.
- Operation USA is also providing relief to community-based health organizations in Oklahoma. Text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Donations can also be made by phone, (800) 678-7255), online, or by sending a check made out to Operation USA to 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The organization is also seeking donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies.
- The United Way of Central Oklahoma has set up a disaster relief fund, specifically for the tornado. Donations can be made online, or by sending a check to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101. A notation of “May Tornado Relief” should be made.
- Direct Relief is providing medical assistance and personal hygiene items (like infection control products, soap, shampoo, diapers, and baby formula) to those affected by the tornado. Donations can be made here or by calling (800) 676-1638.