Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Praying for Oklahoma- And ways to Help

I tend take myself away from the world after I get off work, so I had no idea what was going on in Oklahoma until this morning when I was driving into work. My heart aches for the devastation that swept through the towns in Oklahoma that were hit by this tornado. I also want to send my deepest condolences for those who lost loved ones and are suffering because of this incident. My thoughts and prayers are with the people in Oklahoma. 

Among all the tragedy, I did want to share a touching story about an older lady finding her dog in the rubble. I want to warn you this might make you cry. 

Here are some ways you can help out:

American Red Cross- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.If you’re searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well site. And please register if you’re within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

Salvation Army- Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you’re sending a check make sure 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.

Operation USA- Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster ReliefThis organization says donations will “go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters.”  It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed).  Send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Feed The Children- is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick.Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
Feed The Children is coordinating with other organizations and authorities at the scene to deliver disaster supplies as requests are received.Cash donations to help with relief efforts can be made by phone at 800-627-4556 or online on their website. 

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