Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado and How You Can Help

I was supposed to post a craft today.  I stopped that post.  I can't deal with crafting right now.  My heart is broken.  I live in tornado alley.  I know this happens.  I've seen it first hand.  It doesn't make it any less heart wrenching when it happens again.  So what can we, you and I who aren't there do?  We can donate, please use one from this list.  These are FEMA approved agencies.  That means they are allowed into the ground zero areas.  If you have friends or family in the area let them know these shelters are available.

Don't show up!  If you have such a strong urge to be there to help, contact one of the groups that is on the list and volunteer to go with them.  Then wait until you are called.  They have enough headaches they don't need a bunch of well meaning people showing up.  Also don't send stuff.  Yes they have lost everything but the have no place to put stuff.  Again, donate those items to someone on the list above, they will ask for what they need when they need it.

One last thing you can do and that is pray, send good thoughts, whatever it is you believe in.  There are families who lost their children.  There are people who have lost everything they lost.  

UPDATE 12:30 CST -

The state of Oklahoma has set up the website http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/ to keep everyone updated.

You can text 32333 to make a $10 donation to the Oklahoma Food Bank.

You can text 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

If you were affected please register that you are safe here https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Some organizations are asking for specific items.  Please call first!!  

Please be a smart donor - call ahead and see what the biggest needs are. Do not bring clothing unless asked.

Feed the Children donation center (donations) – Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick). Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.

Salvation Army at KFOR-TV studios (supply drop-off) – Items needed: Bottled water, Gatorade, Wipes, Diapers, Baby formula, Hand towels, Individually wrapped snacks, Work gloves. Please do not bring gloves. Financial donations can also be made to the Salvation Army. Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

All Edmond High Schools have drop offs. Edmond Memorial: Clothing — Edmond North: Bottled Water — Edmond Santa Fe: Canned Food Crawford Family Funeral Service in Edmond is taking donations. Please call 340-2333

OU Equipment at 180 West Brooks in Norman – accepting supplies Memorial Road Church of Christ at 2221 East Memorial Road in Edmond (405-478-0166)

Net Church of Oklahoma City – donations at our location until 12 noon. Location: 2200 N Bryant, Oklahoma City (405-427-5600) New Direction Ministries – 10109 N. Western Avenue (405-242-4692 ) Choctaw Road Baptist Church – collecting water, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen. PLEASE NO CLOTHING. Between 8:15 am and 4:15 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 14971 East Reno, Choctaw (405-390-9002)

Mustang Brewing Company Headquarters – Open 5/21 at 7:00 a.m. Several thousand square feet of warehouse space opened up. Will get it to those who need it. 520 North Meridian Avenue, Oklahoma City Lucky Star Casino, Event Tent — a trailer is set up for donations from 7:00am till 3:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday (Event Tent on the West Side of the Casino). A cashier will be available for monetary donations. Necessary items, water, gatorade, non perishable foods, diapers, formula and wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, flashlight and batteries, suntan lotion, pre packed snacks. No clothes, bedding or household items at this time, as Red Cross has no storage or distribution center set up for these items at this time. Will be needed in the very near future though. EL Reno, Oklahoma (405-422-6500)

First Baptist Church Nicoma Park - donation and drop-off location Juice Blendz at 1200 West Covell Road in Edmond (405-285-0133) The Gate Church is accepting: Water,Sunscreen,Baby Items,Toiletries,Gloves, etc. 7700 North Council Road in Oklahoma City (405-728-7700)

Journey Church in Norman I-35 & Tecumseh in Norman Culver Electric: filling trailers with water, diapers, wipes, formula, gloves, hand tools, sunscreen, Gatorade, and all needed items on the salvation army and red cross list. 1823 West 20th in Elk City

Zimmer Radio Group: will have a truck/trailer located in their parking lot accepting donations. When one truck fills up, it will be sent and bring in another one to fill. Location: 2702 East 32nd Street in Joplin, Missouri (417-624-1025)
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