As relief efforts are ongoing to help people affected by the May tornadoes and flooding in central Oklahoma, The Oklahoman and NewsOK continues to list all the ways people can help. Most are emphasizing that they need cash donations in lieu of donated items, although dropoff sites continue to be listed here. Unless otherwise noted, the area code for the phone numbers is (405).
Two websites are cordinating volunteers: Moore.Recovers.org and ServeMoore.com. Interested volunteers can sign up online or by calling (866) 484-3500. For the next three weeks, All Saints Catholic School, 4001 36th Ave NW in Norman, will be the distribution center for donations from Feed the Children and needs volunteers from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To help, go to the school and fill out a form.
Feed The Children has set up a distribution point at the Multi-Agency Relief Center at Little Axe Schools, 2000 168th Ave. NE in Norman. Also, the organization's McCormick Distribution at 29 N McCormick is still accepting donations, but the other locations have been shut down. To donate to Feed The Children in other ways, call (800) 627-4556, go online at www.feedthechildren.org/disaster, or text “DISASTER” to 80888.
Habitat for Humanity is seeking help with long-term rebuilding efforts and aid to families who will require safe, affordable places to live. Habitat will initiate construction on homes for these future Habitat homeowners within the next year; the organization anticipates a great need for donations. In addition to the monetary donations to go to homebuilding efforts, Habitat accepts in-kind donations from corporations able to provide roofing, plumbing, drywall, lumber and other material for building a home. Those interested in making a donation, volunteering or learning more about Habitat’s efforts are encouraged to contact Ann Felton Gilliland, chairman and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, at AnnFelton@cohfh.org, James Lamey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christi Roney at email@example.com or to call (405) 232-4828. Secure donations can also be made online at www.cohfh.org by clicking “Donate to Oklahoma Tornado Victims.”
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies’ main office at 2501 N Stiles, is accepting donations for those affected by the recent tornado. Items needed are bottled water, sports drinks, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, individually wrapped snack food, diapers, baby formula and work gloves. A trailer on the office’s west side will accept donations for as long as needed. For more information, call 523-2347.
Graceway Baptist Church, 1100 SW 104 (www.gracewayokc.org), will serve as a drop-off location for donations of ibuprofen, adhesive bandages, gloves, batteries and hand sanitizer. The church also has teams of people willing to help with cleanup and other work.
Oklahoma City University has organized several relief efforts. Ongoing efforts and ways to help are listed at www.okcu.edu/relief.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, has mobilized for long-term disaster recovery in Carney, Little Axe, Moore, Shawnee and other areas affected by the recent tornadoes. The organization is in need of donated 10-gallon storage tubs . The tubs, which will be used for recovering possessions lost in the storms, can be delivered to Catholic Charities’ main office in Oklahoma City, 1501 N. Classen Blvd. Catholic Charities is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery Services offer aid to Oklahomans with immediate and long-term needs during the recovery process. To learn more about or make a monetary donation to Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery Fund, visit www.catholiccharitiesok.org or call 523-3000.
The Southgate Baptist Church at 740 SW 4 in Moore is seeking items to help with relief efforts: body soap, adult socks, children’s socks, underwear of all sizes, men’s shoes, hand sanitizer, wipes, plastic bins, denture cream, work gloves, towels and washcloths, heavy-duty trash bags, sun block, aloe vera, water, Gatorade, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, push brooms, rakes, shovels, basic medical supplies. For information, call Sarah Marshall at 627-0558.
DonorsChoose.org partners with Sooner and Quail Springs malls to help rebuild Moore schools. DonorsChoose.org will use donations to fund classroom recovery projects for critical supplies, such as clothing, food, books, therapy resources, teaching materials, technology and classroom furniture. Visit www.donorschoose.org/OKschools to support the effort.
RescueNet, an international disaster relief team, is working with Emmanual Baptist Church in McLoud to help victims of the Shawnee tornado by serving meals, distributing items and dispatching cleaning crews. The group needs baby items, water, gift cards, fuel donations and more. For information, go to the church, 16901 S Fishmarket, or call 273-0040.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is asking that medical personnel and others who want to volunteer to help with disaster relief in the OKC-Moore area to go to the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) website at www.okmrc.org. OKMRC is designed to bring together different healthcare-related organizations and members of the community, including physicians, nurses, public health workers, and other medical professionals. In addition, volunteers without a background in medical training are needed. To volunteer, go to www.okmrc.org and click on “OKMRC Inquiry” and click on the opportunity link for more information about volunteering.
The OKC Furniture Bank, a ministry of First Baptist Church of OKC, needs good quality, immediately useable furniture to distribute to families affected by the recent tornados, as well as to maintain an ongoing supply for local refugee and working poor families. Basic furnishings are needed, such as couches, love seats, living room chairs, dining room tables and chairs, lamps, end tables and coffee tables. The furniture bank also needs volunteers with pickups or other trucks to help in both locations — 901 N Moore Ave. in Moore and 3922 NW 10 in Oklahoma City — on Saturdays to help pick up donations and deliver furniture to families in need. The group also need volunteers to help organize furniture arrivals at each location. Sign up to volunteer at http://bit.ly/11pgdvI.
If you want to help support the hub of volunteers and distribution at Journey Church in Norman, go online to helpmoorerebuild.com to sign up for shifts. The site also will accept donations for long-term recovery needs.
CASH DONATIONS REQUESTED
The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams and notes that it is in most need of donations, with a need for volunteers in some places.
The Salvation Army needs volunteers at the Westmoore High School Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) and the Salvation Army tornado relief center at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, formerly known as Crossroads Mall, 7000 Crossroads Blvd. Volunteers must be 18 or older and will assist with direct service to those affected by the recent tornadoes. Shifts are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. daily. Individuals or groups can contact the Volunteer Coordinator at SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.
Here are updated ways to donate:
- By mail: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Designate Oklahoma May Tornadoes on all checks.
- By phone: (800) 725-2769.
- Online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/
- By text: Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation with your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
- Also, the Salvation Army wants to people to know that it cannot guarantee that additional in-kind donations will be used directly for the Oklahoma tornadoes because of the demands associated with delivering them. Instead, the organization urges people to donate gently-used items to a nearby Salvation Army store; find locations at www.satruck.org.
The American Legion, a national veterans’ organization, is allocating $1 million to veterans to be used to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families who lost their homes in the disaster. Those wishing to donate to The American Legion National Emergency Fund can call (800) 253-7000,Ö donate online at www.legion.org/emergency/helpÖ or mail checks to The American Legion NEF, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has started a new website, www.oklahomagives.org here nonprofits can post their needs and what they are doing to help. A number of Oklahoma nonprofit organizations are assisting in the first and continued waves of response for disaster relief. The center hopes this will be a neutral link between nonprofits and donors. Contact Lindsey Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are offering help in any of these areas: direct care or relief to residents in affected areas; food, shelter or services; a collection or drop-off point; volunteer coordination; long-term assistance for families or businesses; or other services. For more information, go online to http://oklahomagives.org.
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 items deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to sort donated products. To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working through local United Methodist churches and trained disaster response workers to provide immediate relief, assistance with cleanup and rebuilding, pastoral counseling and support for children and youths who have been through trauma. To donate or receive more information, go online to www.umcor.org. It also has established a 2013 May Tornado Relief fund, with 100 percent of donations going to Oklahoma tornado survivors’ needs. Anyone may donate directly online by clicking the red “Donate” button at www.okumc.org. Gifts also may be given through an Oklahoma United Methodist Church or mailed to: Treasurer’s Office, United Methodist Ministry Center, 1501 NW 24th, Oklahoma City, OK 73106.
Norman Chrysler Jeep Dodge has started a Plaza Towers Memorial Fund with a goal to put a storm shelter in every Oklahoma school. The business started the fund with a $100,000 donation. Donations can be made at www.plazatowersmemorialfund.org, which is being administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Additionally, gifts can be made by sending a check to Plaza Towers Memorial Fund c/o Oklahoma City Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1146, Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146. For those with donation questions, please contact Rhonda Godwin at email@example.com or 606-2916.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams are responding to severe weather in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond, Little Axe, Moore and El Reno. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s disaster relief ministry, by visiting www.bgco.org/donate or calling 942-3800.All money goes toward disaster relief and helping victims. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists’ blog at www.okdisasterhelp.com.
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) has set up an Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, dedicated to gathering aid from across the Jewish Federation community for victims of the tornadoes. JFNA has opened the donation mailbox to support relief efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and is coordinating relief efforts with the Oklahoma City Federation. Donors can contribute to the fund online at https://secure-fedweb.jewishfederations.org/page/contribute/oklahoma-city-tornado or send checks to the JFNA national mailbox at: The Jewish Federations of North America, Wall Street Station, PO Box 148, New York, NY 10268.
The Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal, a ministerial group made up primarily of preachers of churches in northeast Oklahoma City, has reactivated its “Oklahoma City Christian Relief Fund” to respond to needs resulting from recent tornadoes.
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