It’s still my home state.
Pray. Donate. Send your love.
Ways to Help From Far Away:
(In Moore, Shawnee, Carney, and the other Oklahoma town affected directly by the tornadoes, there are drop-off locations for water, diapers and clothing. But, I’ve had people not living in Oklahoma contact me about helping — so, I’ve updated this post with options below)
Response Teams – Samaritan’s Purse is coordinating teams to go in and help with debris clean-up and more. Open to both first-time and returning volunteers.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – The food bank is working with Feeding America to coordinate the dispersion of food to those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes. They are asking for public support for the rescue, recover and relief efforts associated with the Oklahoma tornadoes. The best way to help the food bank is to donate cash; financial donations allow them to purchase necessary items without having to secure additional warehouse space/volunteers to deal with product donations. You can make a tax-deductible donation by going to www.regionalfoodbank.org, or you can text or FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.
United Way of Oklahoma – The United Way of Oklahoma is accepting funds that will then be redistributed to the organizations working directly on the ground for this tragedy. Donations are being accepted online.
Salvation Army — You can give online (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org) or by phone (1-800-SAL-ARMY). In addition, you can text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation right from your mobile phone. You will have to confirm your donation by responding (by text) with the word “Yes.”
Feed The Children Disaster Relief – Feed the Children is working to bring needed, “everyday” items for those affected by the tornadoes and who have lost clothing, shoes, and other basics. You can donate online to help this effort.
American Red Cross – in any situation, the Red Cross is a trusted way to send donations. They help with food, shelter and additional support. You can donate online (redcross.org), by phone (1-800-REDCROSS), or you can make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.
The United Methodist Oklahoma Conference — they are accepting donations to be used in disaster relief. They will also be coordinating future response teams. You can donate online or sign up to be notified if your help is needed as part of a response team.