How to help Oklahoma’s tornado victims
If you live in Tornado Alley like we do, you know that storms are serious business.
And yet, just more than a week after our regional disaster, we can’t help but be humbled time and again by Mother Nature’s sheer power. In the wake of the Oklahoma tornado, here’s how we plan to help this weekend.
Where to Donate Many organizations have said that financial support is invaluable at this stage. Support the Salvation Army (donate online or text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation) or the American Red Cross (online or text 90999 to make a $10 donation), or give to a lower-profile group such as GlobalGiving or Heart to Heart International to help those affected.
What to Donate Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is accepting bottled water, flashlights, batteries and nonperishable food, while Operation USA is soliciting United air miles (for affected families and volunteers). The Oklahoma Blood Institute is accepting blood donations at these donor centers, with O-negative and Rh-negative blood types needed the most (the Ardmore location is the closest to Dallas/Fort Worth). Or give some love to Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based organization that’s accepting diapers, canned goods, nonperishable snack items, bottled water and sports drinks.