A domestic disaster relief team from Operation Blessing International, one of the largest humanitarian organizations in America, is en route to Moore with a construction unit, mobile command center, trucks full of tools and supplies and a team of construction foremen. To donate to the relief effort or for updates, go online to http://www.ob.org.
United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made online at www.unitedwayokc.org, by phone through (405) 236-8441or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief. Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. The organization is not accepting clothing or household items. To offer assistance with equipment, personnel or resources, please include and forward the following information by email to email@example.com: name, city and state, contact number and type of resource/services.
Donations of hot food for survivors and first responders should be directed to the American Red Cross by calling 228-9500.
Contributions to the Tulsa Community Foundation’s Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.
The Oklahoma Credit Union Foundation provides disaster relief assistance to credit unions and their employees and volunteers. For more information, go to www.oklahomacreditunions.coop. The Credit Union House, 631 E Hill, is accepting donated items for disaster relief.
First Fidelity Bank is accepting cash or check donations at all of its Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Phoenix branches. All donations will be forwarded to the American Red Cross. For more information, call 605-2003.
Raindrop Helping Hands is accepting donations for the Moore tornado disaster relief. Checks should include “Moore Tornado Relief” in the memo line and can be mailed to the office at 4444 N Classen Blvd. For more information, call the Raindrop Turkish House at 702-0222.
F&M Bank has established a disaster relief fund for tornado survivors. Donations by cash or check, will be accepted at any of F&M’s eight locations in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Guthrie, Piedmont, Crescent and Kingfisher or checks can be mailed to F&M Bank, 1800 E Oklahoma Ave., Guthrie 73044. F&M Bank was founded in 1902 as Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma is raising money to support Girl Scouts and their families with a Tornado Relief Fund. To donate $10 via cellphone bill, text the word GIRLS to 20222. Find more information at www.hmgf.org or www.gswestok.org. Monetary donations can also be made at any of Girl Scout council offices.
The City of Del City and the Del City Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with Tinker Air Force Base/Tinker Naval Station, is accepting financial donations of cash, checks or gift cards to help between 30 and 50 active-duty military personnel stationed at Tinker Air Force Base who were affected by the recent tornadoes. In 2011, the City of Del City formally adopted the 552d Air Control Wing as part of the America Supporting Americans to support military units in times of need. It is providing support to all airmen and sailors who were affected by the tornadoes. Drop-off location is Del City Municipal Building, 3701 SE 15, Del City 73115. Label monetary gifts “Tinker Tornado Military Relief Fund” and drop them off during normal business hours or in the night deposit box or mail them to the address above. No goods will be accepted.
The University of Oklahoma Women’s Philanthropy Network has created the “Help OUr Neighbor Fund” to benefit OU faculty, staff and students who lost homes or personal property in the recent tornadoes in the Oklahoma City/Moore area. All donations received in this fund will go directly to those students or employees whose homes and property were lost. To donate online, go to http://tinyurl.com/oufoundation. Or, mail in contributions to The University of Oklahoma, Office of Development, 3339 W Boyd, Norman, OK 73019-3202. Make checks payable to the OU Foundation and designate “Help OUr Neighbor Fund” in the memo line.
Comfort Keepers, a metro home care company for seniors and other adults, has partnered with the Oklahoma Areawide Aging Agency on the Oklahoma Tornado Senior Relief Fund to help seniors in the affected tornado areas to get the everyday items they need. Items can be taken to Comfort Keepers, 3601 S Broadway Ave., Suite 650, Edmond. Call 242-5300 for items needed.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Norman is working with the Oklahomans affected by the recent tornadoes. The society does long-term case management, intake and referral of resources for those who had loss and damage due to the storms. St. Vincent de Paul is a founding member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. To donate, mail checks to SVdP Diocesans Council of OKC, c/o Betty Olivas, 1611 Abe Martin Dr. Norman, OK 73071. For information go online to http://www.svdpusa.org.
The Domestic Disaster Response team from World Vision is in town helping with relief efforts, bringing relief supplies and emergency kits. To support World Vision’s efforts, visit www.worldvision.org or text “TORNADO” to 777444 to provide at $10 donation that will replenish the organization’s supplies.
Lewis Jewelers, in partnership with The Vine Community Church, is raising money for a tornado relief fund that will go to specific families that need help. To donate, go online to TornadoFund.org or make checks out to the “Tornado Relief Fund” and mail them in care of Lewis Jewelers, 2705 S Service Rd., Moore, OK 73160. The jewelry store is owned by Tim Lewis, brother of Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, and the tornado took out its warehouse, Tim Lewis said. Consumers can make $5 tornado relief donations to the American Red Cross at 14,000 Chase ATMs nationwide.
The Knights of Columbus Oklahoma State Council is organizing relief efforts in and around Moore, making an initial donation of $10,000 in support of the Oklahoma Knights’ response and accepting online donations to assist relief and recovery through Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., at kofc.org/relief. Donations may also be mailed to: Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., Oklahoma Fund, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966. All donations collected by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., will be sent to those affected by the disaster.
Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N May, is accepting monetary donations at the church and has listed other ways to help at its website, QSBC.org. Checks can be made payable to QSBC Storm Relief. QSBC.org. For more information, call 755-9240.
The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre will solicit donations for disaster relief during its run of “Greater Tuna,” scheduled through June 16 at the Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theatre, 201 N Walker. For more information, call 848-3761.
Crossings Community Church, 2208 W Hefner, is no longer accepting donated items but is accepting financial donations can be made online at crossingsokc.org/giving. Sign in or create an account, select “missions” and then select “disaster relief fund” to send your donation directly to tornado relief. Crossings is also working with the international humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope, which has sent a team to Moore with supplies from its World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., and is accepting additional items at Crossings’ south Oklahoma City location at 8900 Shields Blvd. Drop off items from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To make a contribution to Convoy of Hope, go online to www.convoyofhope.org. Donate $10 via cellphone by texting the word CONVOY to 50555.
SAFE AND WELL
Safeandwell.org is the Red Cross site where you can register yourself as safe, or search for friends and family members. Call 211 for nonemergency services and information.
OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has established a Tornado Recovery Fund to provide assistance for intermediate and long-term recovery efforts. Find out more at https://www.occf.org/tornadorecoveryfund.
To donate blood to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, find a location at www.obi.org.
LOST PHOTOGRAPHS AND ITEMS
Various groups working to collect lost photographs in the tornadoes' aftermath have formed an Oklahoma Photo Rescue project to return them to their owners. The effort is sponsored by local volunteers, the Moore Chamber of Commerce, local businesess and the National Disaster Photo Rescue. For information, go online to https://www.facebook.com/OklahomaPhotoRescue. Official photo dropoff locations include Arvest Banks, Walgreens, Dental Depot and Studio Innovations.
The Oklahoma City-based Candid Color Photography is collecting photos found in the tornadoes’ aftermath and scanning them in so victims can browse through them. For updated information about how to drop off photos, go online to www.candid.com/tornado.
A Facebook page called “Moore Oklahoma Lost and Found” has been established as a place for posting lost or found items. Check out https://www.facebook.com/#!/MooreOklahomaLostAndFound for information.
DIGITAL AND COMPUTER RESTORATION
A group of data and forensics professionals known as “The Computer Rescue Team” is working to help people recover digital data, such as family photos and other personal files. The team includes local computer experts, the city of Moore Public Library and premier data recovery labs. The group urges cleanup crews that find digital devices to set them aside carefully. It they are wet, they should leave them wet and seal them in a plastic bag to prevent oxidation. Computers and other damaged devices may be dropped off at the Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave., for processing. For information, go online to www. computer rescue team. org.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry encourages anyone who finds an animal to bring it to the pet triage location at the Moore Home Depot, 650 SW 19. Pets can receive proper veterinary care and have information put in a database of lost pets. The pet triage center is operated by department and volunteer veterinarians and staff members. Photographs of the pets will be posted on the McClain County Animal Response Team’s Facebook page and at www.okclostpets.com. Owners are encouraged to visit the triage center to report their missing pets and to visit the online pages to determine if their pet has been located. For more information, call 837-7240.
Central OK Humane Society is accepting donations to be used to help animals hurt or displaced in the storm. To donate, go online to OKhumane.org.
Animal Resource Center is taking in stray pets. The center is in need of supplies (dog food, etc). 7941 S I-35 Service Road (I-35, east of Shields), 604-2892.
Organizations that provide support for dogs and owners affected by the tornadoes can receive assistance from the American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery Canine Support and Relief Fund. Pet owners and shelters in need can call (212) 696-8228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. People who would like to donate to the relief fund can go to www.OKCdogs.org.
UPDATE: Venue changed for this event: A group of musicians led by Generationals, a touring act from New Orleans, will headline “HealOK,” a tornado relief concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. June 19, now at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Having gone through similar turmoil and devastation when Hurricane Katrina ravaged their hometown, band members volunteered to play the show for free to raise funds for American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma working to help those affected by the tornado. Also joining the concert is Skating Polly, The Wurly Birds, Grace + Sophia and Moore High School students who wrote a song for a friend who lost his mother in the storm. Advance tickets will be available at TicketStorm.com and at the door for $10. Additional donations to American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma and Jeany Neely Memorial Fund will be accepted at the show, and Heal OK prints will also be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting tornado relief efforts.
The a cappella group OK City Chorus will hold its annual show at 7:30 p.m. June 15 at the Donald Reynolds Auditorium in Norman and will donate a portion of its proceeds to benefit tornado victims. For tickets and information, got to www.okcity.org or call 720-7464 (SING).
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