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Oklahoma tornadoes: Acts of kindness

Oklahoma tornadoes: Acts of kindness
BY LINDA MILLER Modified: May 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm •  Published: May 24, 2013
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• Chevron Corp. donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross for tornado relief efforts. The company also will match donations made by employees and retirees.

• Bank of Oklahoma has donated $50,000 to the Central Oklahoma Chapter of American Red Cross. A Bank of Oklahoma mobile ATM has been set up at First Baptist Church in Moore to provide convenient service to storm victims, first responders and volunteers.

• St. Louis-based Ameren Corp., a holding company for several power and energy companies, donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

• The American Dog Rescue Foundation has launched a celebrity social media campaign with Melissa Rivers and actress Taryn Manning to raise funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Moore. Foundation founder and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin will match a portion of funds collected on www.animaltornadorelief.com and donate to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society.

• The Chrysler Foundation donated $100,000 to First Response Team of America, a nonprofit disaster relief organization that assists first responders with rescues and provides help with cleanup efforts.

• The National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association donated $1 million to support relief efforts. The NBA and the Players Association will join forces with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other disaster relief agencies that are mobilizing resources to continue recovery and rebuilding efforts.

• World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, sent a 53-foot semitrailer filled with relief supplies to Oklahoma, along with its first assessment team, to communities affected by the tornadoes.

• The Farmers Insurance catastrophe team, claims personnel and agents filled 1,200 backpacks with food and supplies to be distributed to schoolchildren in the Moore area.

• Mazda and Mazda Foundation together donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to support relief efforts. For those in the high-impact areas who have an insurance claim of damage or loss to their current vehicle, Mazda is offering $500 toward the purchase of a new Mazda.

• Noble Energy Inc. donated $500,000 to the Red Cross to support recovery efforts. The company also will match employee donations up to $1,000 per employee.

• Inasmuch Foundation has given a grant of $100,000 to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to support disaster relief efforts.

• Dunkin' Brands Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross. Collection canisters will be in restaurants in Oklahoma City and Dallas for donations.

• Maddie's Corner, a charity founded by actress, singer and Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth, is raising money for disaster relief in Oklahoma by selling “Lending a Helping Paw” T-shirts. The charity hopes to sell 1,000 T-shirts, which would raise $17,500 for the relief fund. Cost is $25, plus $3.50 shipping. Matching T-shirts are available for pets. Shirts will arrive within two weeks of the fundraiser's closing date of June 13. Go to https://campaign.customink.com/okmaddiescorner.

• The Dean McGee Eye Institute will offer an eye triage clinic to emergency responders and those affected by the tornado at the Moore Community Center, 301 S Howard Ave. Dr. Dana Garber will examine eyes and offer care for those who suffered minor eye injuries or whose glasses were lost or damaged in the storm and cleanup. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Call 271-6005.

• Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland Ave., announced a $1.2 million commitment to tornado relief efforts. More information about Crossings Community Church's disaster relief efforts can be found at http://crossingsokc.org/disasterresponse2013/.

Linda Miller,

For The Oklahoman


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