How you can help victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes

11:51 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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For Minnesotans watching the devastating pictures come out of Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday, there are a number of options to help those affected by the storms.

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

Those who want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief 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). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website.

You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore and South Oklahoma City, the organization says.

Supporters can donate online via the organization's website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cell phone.

If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that 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.

Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, and will also "set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed."

The organization's website is here. There are various ways to donate; you can read about those here.

NBC has also published an extensive list of aid organizations and support groups who will be active in helping the community of Moore get back on its feet.

 

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