Want to help the Oklahoma storm victims? There are many things you can do and no amount of help is too little. Now is the time to come together.
This May has been an active and tragic storm season so far with no end in sight. There have been a large number of tornadoes and massive, historic flooding.
A State of Emergency is currently in effect for the whole state of Oklahoma due to all of the state damage that started in April.
Sadly many have lost their lives in the state due to these storms. And the damage around the state is extensive and clean up with be on-going for many months to come.
We know this story all too well and we also know how to come together and rebuild. This time can’t be any different. There are many ways you can help and no help is too little.
Ways You Can Help the Oklahoma Storm Victims
When disasters like this strike it’s usually best to donate funds so that organizations can get the supplies needed and don’t have to sort through and deal with overwhelming amounts of items. There is one exception found at the bottom of this list.
There are several places throughout the state that are helping in the efforts and need funds to continue to aid in disaster relief. These are some of the places that are asking for help.
American Red Cross
KOCO has a donation page set up to help you donate straight to the southern storm victims. They have already raised over $29k but more is needed as these storms continue.
You can also donate by phone (1-800-RED-CROSS) or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army has mobilized several disaster response units to Oklahoma and is helping provide meals and assist victims with disaster relief. You can donate online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Or you by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. They will ask you to respond to the text with “yes” to confirm the donation.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are raising funds, aiding in rescue efforts, and providing disaster relief. You can text “FOOD” to 3233 to donate $10.
United Way of Central Oklahoma
You can donate directly to a fund designated for Monday’s deadly tornado victims through the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Donations may be made online. Checks can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK, 73101. Please add “May Tornado Relief” in the notation on the check.
Help Needed in El Reno
One local organization in El Reno is in need of supplies. The Veterans of Foreign Wars center, located at 1515 S. Rock Island in El Reno, opened its doors to help those who were in need of a place to stay.
Organizers say they are in need of the following items-
- Fire-resistant clothes for workers
- Diapers, PJs
- Shampoo, conditioner
- Socks, underwear
- Gerber Baby Good Start — Soothe formula — purple can
- Women’s undergarments
- Underwear for children
- Men’s toiletries
- Instant bath packages
The City of El Reno also has a GoFundMe set up to get donations for disaster relief.
Earth Rebirth is collecting funds to create supply kits for the victims. You can support the cause by donating to their GoFundMe.
Local Ways to Help Tulsa Area Flood Victims
The Tulsa World has a list of ways to help victims in Tulsa if you are local to the area. Click here for more information.