Oklahoma tornadoes: Acts of kindness, May 25

Acts of kindness
Compiled by Linda Miller, for The Oklahoman Published: May 25, 2013
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• Google donated $250,000 to relief work in the Moore area and Google's Crisis Response team has launched a crisis map — http://google.org/crisismap/2013-oklahoma-tornado — for the Moore tornado area, which includes Red Cross shelters, traffic alerts, storm reports and other information. Googlers from the Mayes County Data Center are also volunteering in the community. Google also worked with Verizon Wireless and Acer to set up Chromebook stations with free Internet. Those in need can go to St. Andrew's United Methodist Church and the Moore Community Center, which are acting as Red Cross shelters. Chromebooks are also set up at Walmart, 501 19th Street in Moore.

• Freddy's at 1525 S I-35 Service Road in Moore will serve 5,000 first responders and volunteers at the location during an all-day effort, “Hot Dogs for Heroes.” Freddy's will serve steak burgers, Vienna Beef hot dogs, fries and Pepsi to those affected in the area. Vendors volunteering help include Vienna Beef, Colorado Premium, Simplot, Meadowvale, Dr Pepper and Pepsi.

• Ross Stores Inc. donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Oklahoma spring storms 2013 relief efforts. The retailer is also raising additional funds by accepting customer donations to the American Red Cross through May 31 at store registers of its 1,112 Ross Dress for Less and 115 dd's DISCOUNTS locations.

• Oklahoma-based Lopez Foods and sister company Dorada Foods donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross. Lopez and Dorada joined forces with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Bama Companies, Martin Brower, Tyson Foods and the McDonald's division of the Coca-Cola Co. to provide $200,000 in aid.

• Noble County 4-H and FFA collected 13,000 pounds of pet and livestock feed.

• BP America Inc. donated $300,000 and the BP Foundation donated an additional $200,000 to the Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross. BP employees in eastern Oklahoma also delivered a trailer of nonperishable relief items to a collection center near Moore.

• Operation BBQ Relief volunteers have cooked and served nearly 32,000 meals to displaced families, emergency workers and volunteers since Tuesday, and now the nonprofit group is in need of supplies and food. The operation is set up at Hillsdale Baptist College, 3701 S Frontage Road in Moore, and will remain through Wednesday. Volunteers also deliver meals to other locations in need. The group needs aluminum foil, aluminum pans, extra-large disposable Nitrile gloves, three-compartment clamshell containers, flatware combo packs, gallon-size cans of vegetables and beans, and meat such as chicken and pork butts. Operation BBQ Relief was established in 2011 by competition pit masters after the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. To volunteer or donate, go online to www.facebook.com/OperationBBQRelief.

• Several native Oklahomans who now live in Atlanta are sponsoring a donation drive for victims of the Oklahoma tornados. Organizers include Tameka Cooksey Horton, a former Miss Black Oklahoma City and CEO of Atlanta-based business Authentically U Personal Assistants; Patrice Harrison, former Miss Black Oklahoma USA and CEO of Miss Black US Ambassador Scholarship Pageant; and Desmond Wilson, pastor of Atlanta-based Primus: A New Beginning Ministry. They hope to fill a 53-foot truck that will leave Atlanta and head to Oklahoma City on June 2.

• Houston Texans owner Robert McNair, founder of the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, donated $100,000 to the Oklahoma Disaster Relief mission of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma to assist tornado victims.

• Kellogg Co. is sending four semi-trailers of Kellogg's cereals and Keebler snacks to Moore, with more planned. The company committed more than 640,000 servings of food to support disaster relief efforts. Kellogg also set up its Breakfasts for Better Days mobile disaster relief center, with breakfasts and snacks for those in need.

• California-based Direct Relief committed an initial $100,000 and its entire $30 million stockpile of available medical inventories to support medical relief in communities affected by storms in Oklahoma and that continue to threaten America. The nonprofit program provides free medications and supplies to health centers treating low-income patients without insurance.

• Batteries Plus donated more than $125,000 of batteries, flashlights and lanterns. Items can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Batteries Plus relief center at the First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27. Batteries Plus also is sending a team to the area to provide products to first responders.

• NBTY, a manufacturer and distributor of vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition, donated about $500,000 of Good ‘n' Natural bars, Balance Bars and bottles of children's gummy vitamins to support tornado relief efforts. The donation was made through Feed The Children.

• The Chabad Community Center coordinated the donation of 20,000 pounds of meat and poultry, 840 pounds of Swiss cheese and 30 pounds of cream cheese to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to assist with tornado relief efforts. The kosher donations are courtesy of Agri Star Meat & Poultry LLC and the Masbia in partnership with the National Council of Young Israel.

• AdvancePierre Foods donated more than 175,000 servings of burgers, meatballs, breakfast sandwiches, Philly-style steaks, peanut butter and jelly snacks and chicken strips to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and The Salvation Army. The company also gave $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will match associate donations up to an additional $15,000. The company also is gathering other items to be delivered to the Red Cross, and a team of AdvancePierre associates will be in Moore in coming weeks to help with clean-up efforts.

• The Oklahoma City-based Cresap Family Foundation donated $500,000 to organizations assisting in tornado relief efforts. The United Way of Central Oklahoma, the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, and the Regional Food Bank will each receive $150,000. In addition to these agencies, the Foundation also is granting funds to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Animal Resource Center to aid in animal welfare.

• The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has dispatched its disaster response team to assist with shelter operations at the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. The two agencies also are coordinating the distribution of pet food to affected areas. Also helping are International Fund for Animal Welfare of Yarmouth Port, Mass.; Code 3 Associates Animal Disaster Response of Longmont, Colo.; and RedRover of Sacramento, Calif. Since the tornado, local animal control officers have brought 110 lost, stray, injured or displaced pets to the humane society where they are being assessed and cared for. Forty-six pets have been reunited with their families.

• Consumers can make $5 tornado relief donations to the American Red Cross at 14,000 Chase ATMs nationwide.

• Schlegel Bicycles and Trek Bicycles are raising money to provide bicycles for children who lost theirs in the tornado. Donations can be made in store at 900 N Broadway in Oklahoma City or by phone at 601-9244.

• CallMultiplier is donating free unlimited voice and text message service for 90 days to individuals, schools, churches, charities, nonprofits, police, fire and rescue groups affected by the Moore tornado to assist with recovery. Go to www.callmultiplier.com/tornadorelief or call 548-2255 for service.

• Coyote Ugly Saloon is holding a nationwide charity event on Wednesday at all of its corporately owned United States locations, including Oklahoma City. All profits from May 29 will be donated to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts.

• Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club staff members served food from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. two days this week to more than 1,800 first responders and volunteers in Moore.

• American Humane Association, its Red Star Animal Emergency Services team and 82-foot Red Star Rescue Rig are in Moore to help animals needing rescue and shelter in the wake of the devastating tornado. Mars PetCare, makers of cat and dog food, sponsored the rig and donated food. Banfield Pet Hospital is offering veterinary care, along with Zoetis, which is supplying medicines. Philanthropist Lois Pope and Oklahoma country music star Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation are also supporting the effort.

• Tulsa Community Foundation is continuing to accept donations to its Moore and Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund. Funds raised will be focused on the mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild lives and homes in the devastated areas. The George Kaiser Family Foundation donated $100,000 to the Tulsa Community Foundation. Contributions can be made online at www.TulsaCF.org.

• Utah-based Wise Company Inc., a manufacturer of emergency food storage products, is sending 90,000 food entrees for victims in Moore.

• Clinic In A Can, a branch of the nonprofit Hospitals of Hope in Wichita, Kan., is using a medical container clinic in Moore to provide disaster relief support. The container clinic is a 20-foot shipping container that has been converted into a modern medical room to provide assistance to relief workers and anyone else needing medical attention.

• Westlake Ace Hardware donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts. The store at 11801 S Western is stocked with emergency supplies needed for storm clean up and repair.

• Working through affiliated animal clinics and hospitals in Edmond, Shawnee and Oklahoma City, Hill's Pet Nutrition, based in Topeka, Kan., has shipped thousands of pounds of dog and cat food and is ready to ship more. Hill's also is sending pet food and feeding bowls to organized community relief centers and additional food to local animal clinics in the disaster area to be distributed free to local pet owners. The company is also planning a convoy of food, pet supplies and other items to support families.

• Convoy of Hope and Bass Pro Shops partnered to bring water, batteries, headlamps, jerky and meals to tornado victims.

Compiled by

Linda Miller for The Oklahoman


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