How to Help with Tornado Relief Efforts
My part of the country has been hard hit by severe weather over the past few days. Last Wednesday (May 15), as many as three tornadoes slammed into the lakefront town of Granbury, which is outside of Dallas. And we’re all aware of the horrible tragedy that is unfolding in Oklahoma after a massive tornado roared through the suburbs of Oklahoma City this past Monday.
If you wish to aid the efforts of national and local disaster relief organizations and charities as they offer support and healing in communities in Moore, Oklahoma, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you have a number of options.
The American Red Cross
People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States, by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Apartment Association of Central Oklahoma
The Apartment Association of Central Oklahoma (AACO) is seeking housing assistance for displaced families living in apartments or rental homes. They are asking that you send list of apartment or rental home vacancies you have for immediate occupancy and what qualifications you will need for tornado victims. Please call their office at 405-606-2226 if you can help or to make a monetary donation. The most current information from the AACO can be found on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/apartmentassociationofcentraloklahoma.
Dallas/Fort Worth Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile emergency kitchen to DeCordova Bend in Hood County near Granbury, Texas, to provide relief for victims and first responders in the aftermath of the tornado. Supporters are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Oklahoma Salvation Army
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Supporters are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
Oklahoma Regional Food Bank
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. You can text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to help with relief efforts or visit RegionalFoodBank.org.
Central Oklahoma Humane Society
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (www.okhumane.org) is currently working with the City of Oklahoma City to assist the City of Moore to receive, assess, and shelter animals affected by the tornado. Currently their greatest need is financial donations to help them treat and house lost and injured animals. Donations can be made online or over the phone by calling their Development Office at (405) 607-8991 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please designate your donation to the OK Humane Disaster Relief Fund.
The Humane Society of North Texas
The Humane Society of North Texas is currently working with local animal control organizations to assist with the rescue, care, and housing of displaced pets. The society is asking for monetary donations as well as donations of dog and cat food as well as cat litter.
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope serves people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. They are currently sending tractor-trailers and specially-trained, disaster response teams members for Moore, Oklahoma, from their Missouri headquarters. You can make a secure online contribution by visiting Convoy of Hope or you can text the word CONVOY to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
This list is by no means comprehensive, especially when you consider the number of local and church organizations that are currently helping. For additional disaster relief resources, check out the following news articles that are updating information as it is made available:
From NBC News in Dallas: How to Help Tornado Victims
From NBC News: How to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
Finally, you can always donate blood by contacting the Red Cross at www.redcrossblood.org and either make an appointment or find a donation opportunity near you.
Please Support Disaster Recovery Efforts
Every contribution helps, no matter how small. For example, the Salvation Army stats that $10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day. The Red Cross has a saying on their website when asking for monetary donations: “Provide people in crisis today with hope for tomorrow.”
Please keep that in mind when the next disaster relief opportunity arises.
Image Credit: Bryan Terry / THE OKLAHOMAN
Article updated at 11:42 A.M. CST to include Convoy of Hope