Oklahoma tornadoes: Acts of kindness

A variety of organizations have offered money and in-kind donations to help with tornado relief in Oklahoma.
Modified: May 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013
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• Inasmuch Foundation and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation announced a combined grant of $2 million to United Way of Central Oklahoma to support tornado relief and recovery efforts in Oklahoma.

• Koch Industries donated $1 million. Half of that amount will be given to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund established by Gov. Mary Fallin in coordination with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The rest will go to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to help families with urgent needs.

• California-based Sutter Health donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter.

• Crossings Community Church donated $1.2 million.

• Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The company also will match donations made by eligible MassMutual employees and financial professionals through the company's matching gift program.

• Tyson Foods disaster relief trailer Meals that Matter and cooking teams from several plants are providing meals to victims and relief workers. The trailer and teams could be on site two to three weeks. The company also is matching employee donations up to $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

• Royal Bank of Canada through its RBC Foundation USA donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

• Feed The Children delivered 100,000 pounds of donated relief items to Hope Adventist Fellowship Church for victims of the Moore tornado. Feed The Children corporate partners pledged $500,000 in in-kind gifts. Donations came from Crocs, TOMS, 4Life, Office Depot, Unilever, CVS, Nestle Purina Petcare, NASCAR Racing Foundation and Campbell Soup. Michael Waltrip Racing cars will carry the Feed The Children logo and message on their roofs at this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

• Ford Motor Co. and its dealers donated $400,000. The company also donated a Ford Transit Connect van to the American Red Cross. Ford Motor Co. Fund will match donations up to $250,000 from its employees, dealers and the public in support of relief efforts by the American Red Cross. Ford also is providing $500 in new vehicle purchase assistance to residents whose vehicles were damaged by the tornadoes. Donations made through http://american.redcross.org/ford-pub will be matched by Ford up to $250,000.

• The Oklahoma Ford Dealers group donated $150,000 to the United Way.

• American Airlines AAdvantage program members can support relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross. Through June 30, members will earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50 or 500 AAdvantage miles for a donation of $100 or more. Go to AA.com/JoinUs.

• Knipplemier Chevrolet, Patriot Ford and Kelsey Buick GMC donated $30,000 to the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross.

• Jewelry designer and philanthropist Joan Hornig's Philanthropy is Beautiful campaign will give 100 percent of profits from the Tools for Giving collection to the charity of the purchaser's choice aiding those affected in Oklahoma.

• Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are sending a second semitrailer filled with items.

BY LINDA MILLER,

For The Oklahoman



by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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