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|On May 20, during an already dangerous tornado season, a huge tornado touched down in the suburbs of Oklahoma City, cutting a swath of destruction two miles wide and more than 20 miles long. Relief efforts are already underway, finding survivors and beginning the cleanup process, even as more storms are expected in the coming days.The following relief efforts are now underway. We will update this page as we learn more. Know of additional efforts? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*American Red Cross – The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities and is assisting with searching for missing relatives on the Red Cross Safe & Well’s site. To donate easily and quickly via mobile, text REDCROSS to 90999 and you will be prompted to reply YES for an automatic donation of $10. The Red Cross is requesting cash donations only.
*Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has organized efforts to send mobile kitchens to hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma and South Oklahoma City, serving meals to 2,500 people a day. Supporters can donate online via the organizations website, or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via mobile device.
*Feeding America – Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need in Oklahoma, and plan to set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed. You can donate online here.
*Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief – The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief will provide tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters—clothing is not needed. Monetary donations are requested—for more information and to donate, visit their website.
*United Way of Central Oklahoma – The United Way of Central Oklahomaactivated a disaster relief fund on May 21 so individuals could specifically donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts. Financial contributions are appreciated—you can give online here.
*Operation USA – Operation USA is readying essential material and aid—emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies—to help in Oklahoma’s community health organization and to help schools recover. You can donate online here, or via mobile by texting the word AID to 50555 ($10 will be added to your mobile bill).
*Convoy of Hope – Convoy of Hope is working to get food and water to those after the destruction has been cleared and the needs of Moore, Okla. have been assessed. You can donate here, or via crowd-sourcing method through HopeMob.
*Direct Relief – Direct Relief is preparing an emergency shipment of medical and personal hygiene items to help support the efforts in Oklahoma. They have received requests for emergency supplies, personal care and protection items—to donate, visit their website.
*DonorsChoose.org – DonorsChoose.org is creating a special online fund to collect donations for the teachers and schools of Moore, Okla., in the efforts to rebuild. DonorsChoose.org will work directly with the teachers of Moore to assess what they need in order to rebuild—from clothing for students to first-aid kits. To donate, visit their website.
*Samaritan’s Purse International Relief – Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes and equips volunteers to aid the victims. They are asking for volunteers to help with their response to the tornadoes in Moore and Shawnee, Okla. You can also donate on their website.
*Feed the Children – Feed the Children has mobilized and is sending supplies to families and children in need in Oklahoma. You can help their efforts by making a monetary donation through their website.
*Oklahoma Blood Institute – The Oklahoma Blood Institute is working to provide the injured with the blood they need. As the injured number goes up, so does the need for blood. The OBI team is specifically seeking O-negative and Rh-negative blood types. If you are local in Oklahoma you can donate here. Outside of the immediate area, please donate to your local blood bank to help replenish the national supply.
*The Humane Society of Central Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Humane Society is working with the city of Moore to assess and shelter animals affected by the storms. They are asking for monetary donations to help their efforts and will also update their page with volunteer and in-kind donations as they get a better grasp on the need for supplies, food and medical assistance. They are currently seeking towels, paper towels, bleach, gloves and crates. For updates and to make a donation, visit their website.