The pictures coming out of Oklahoma following yesterday afternoon’s tornado are overwhelming. I have lived in the South my entire life, so I have no first-hand experience with tornadoes. The idea of a tornado really strikes fear into my heart like nothing else. I have lived through more hurricanes and nor’easters than I can count and they certainly can leave a lot of substantial devastation in their wake. That being said, tornadoes seem to choose their victims with a humbling randomness and they come with little to no warning; it’s like nothing that I’ve ever known with a hurricane. As I look at this picture, I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel for your house to be full intact while the house next door is leveled (or vice versa). All I can think is, there but for the Grace of G-d go I.
So I’m going to publish the same list of charities that you can find elsewhere on the internet, because beyond donating and praying, I don’t know what else to do.
Supporters are encouraged to give online at http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
Samaritan’s Purse has deployed a team to Moore, Oklahoma and will respond to the current needs in any way they can.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to http://www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites.
American Red Cross
People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.