Oklahoma tornadoes: Acts of kindness are seen as businesses, others donate

Foundations, corporations step up to aid recovery after tornado rips through south Oklahoma City and Moore.
BY LINDA MILLER Modified: May 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant through the Durant Family Foundation pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Thunder Cares Foundation made a joint donation of $1 million to benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. The donation will also aid other relief organizations to assist those affected by the tornadoes in central Oklahoma.

Devon Energy Corp. and Continental Resources Inc. each committed $2.5 million toward relief efforts.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric has donated $500,000 to relief efforts.

The American Legion is allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. The money will be used for relocation expenses for veterans and their families whose homes were devastated. Veterans needing assistance should call the hotline at (800) 504-4098.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are sending a tractor-trailer rig filled with bottled water and roof tarps to provide initial relief to tornado-affected areas. Responders will provide chaplaincy care and help access other needs.

Metro-area Sam's Club stores have waived membership requirements to help those affected by the tornadoes. Free Wi-Fi is available, and mobile and electronic devices can be recharged there. Sam's Clubs in Norman and Midwest City extended pharmacy hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through next week. Nonmembers can also use the pharmacy.

Sam's Club stores are at 3400 W Main in Norman; in Oklahoma City at 5510 SW 5, 9000 Northwest Passage and 1900 Memorial Road; and 6521 SE 29 in Midwest City.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross to support affected communities. The Oklahoma Caring Vans are providing tetanus shots to residents as they return to the area, and employees are helping with disaster assistance as part of the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes program. Members who need services can call (800) 942-5837.

Shop Good has created a benefit T-shirt with proceeds going to the Red Cross for Moore and Oklahoma City relief efforts. The T-shirt is $25. Order at www.shopgoodokc.com or call 702-0517.

Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Services is offering care for animals injured in the tornadoes. For help, call 744-7000. To support the relief effort, call 385-5607.

University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz has authorized up to 16 hours of paid leave for faculty and staff members who want to volunteer and support tornado efforts. The leave is in addition to any vacation or sick leave already earned.

Students at Roosevelt Elementary in Ponca City chose to buy and donate items for the Moore tornado relief instead of using the $1,400 for their final reading celebration trip. Walmart in Ponca City donated an additional $500 to their effort.

Students at Trout Elementary in Ponca City are collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar soap and washcloths through the end of the week to donate to tornado victims.

Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 801 NE 5, is accepting donations of clothing, food and bottled water to aid the victims.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid in rescue and recovery efforts.

Bridge Kids Learning Center in Mustang is collecting items to be taken to Moore.

All proceeds from beer sales Thursday at James E. McNellie's Pub locations in Oklahoma will be donated for tornado relief efforts.

ConocoPhillips donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to support relief funds following the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. The company also will match donations from ConocoPhillips employees.

BancFirst, in association with the Moore Ministerial Alliance, has established a relief fund for victims of the Moore tornado. BancFirst has contributed $25,000 to the effort. Contributions can be made at any BancFirst location. Checks should be made payable to the Moore Ministerial Alliance dba Moore Tornado Relief Fund.

The Fraternal Order of Police in Ponca City has loaded three semitrailers with donations to be delivered to Moore.

The General Motors Foundation has pledged $50,000, and Chevrolet is donating a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup to Forgotten Harvest to assist with the organization's Help 4 Oklahoma campaign. Help 4 Oklahoma will get supplies to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and help those impacted by tornadoes.

Verizon has committed $100,000 in grants to disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will match employee online donations from $25 up to $1,000 to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

FAA Credit Union is collecting financial contributions and will match those contributions up to $2,500, to be donated to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Donations can be made at any of the seven branches in the metro area — 3805 S Western Ave.; 2800 N Kelly, Edmond; 5710 SW 63, Building 106; 361 E State Highway 152; Mustang; 1212 W Lindsey, Norman; 8230 Northwest Expressway and 10201 S Western.

Chase will make grants of $350,000 and match employee donations up to $150,000 that will be distributed to four relief agencies. Grants will be distributed to American Red Cross, $75,000; World Vision, $75,000; Convoy of Hope, $100,000; and United Way of Central Oklahoma, $100,000. Chase also is waiving many fees for customers across Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties through June 4.

The Home Depot Foundation has created a $1 million weather impact fund to aid relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and throughout the southwest United States. The foundation also is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief needs, along with a $100,000 donation to Team Rubicon, which engages veterans in disaster relief and recovery efforts.



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