How to Best Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
In New Jersey's hour of need help came from around the country. It could be said it's our turn to "pay it forward."
The Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster emphasizes the best way to help victims of Monday's tornado is to make a monetary donation or a blood donation.
"Please support these rescue and recovery efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are not encouraged," reads a message on their website.
Earlier, state officials told NBC News that sending toys and clothing, while well-meaning, often adds to the confusion during the recovery period according to NBC News. Officials also don't want people just showing up to help.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) has established the OK Strong Disaster Relief in conjunction with the United Way of Central Oklahoma to help with the long term needs of victims. Donations can be made by calling (405) 236-8441 or online at unitedwayokc.org. n
The Better Business Bureau warns about making donations to questionable organizations and avoiding scams. “We urge donors to take the time to make sure their donations are going to legitimate charities that can do the most good for those in need," said Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Here are some organizations helping Oklahoma residents recover from Monday's tornado.
OK STRONG RELIEF FUND
Checks, with a notation of "May Tornado Relief" can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.
Text Red Cross to 90999 to send a $10 donation.
Donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
Donate by phone: 800-725-2769
Or send a check to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks.
FEED THE CHILDREN
Donate online: www.feedthechildren.org/disaster
Donate by phone: 800-627-4556
OKLAHOMA BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF
This organization says donations will "go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters."
It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website.
You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.
REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA
Text: text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10