Monday afternoon a mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. The tornado’s deadly path tore through a hospital and two schools, and while rescue crews still aren’t sure about the exact number of victims, the county medical examiner confirmed that there are at least 24 dead.
As search crews continue to look for any remaining survivors amid the rubble, we wanted to let the people of Moore and its surrounding communities know that we are thinking of them, and want to give you, our readers, the opportunity to help out.
After the jump, a list of charities you can donate to, that will help to rescue, recover and restore the people of Moore. In most cases, due to time, space and administrative costs, these charities are asking for financial, rather than material, donations. Generally, whenever possible, it’s good to donate to local organizations and charities first, as they typically have a better idea of what’s need in their communities and are more invested in recovering and reviving affected areas.
Oklahoma Disaster Relief: The ODR has set up food and laundry services for people in the area. They are asking that people donate financially, as they are not able to take food or clothing donations at this time.
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society: Animals have been devastated by this disaster, too. To help out, donate to the Humane Society and designate it for the OK Humane Disaster Relief Fund.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: To help provide food and toiletries to needy Oklahomans, you can text FOOD to 32333, and a $10 donation will automatically be made to the food bank via your phone bill.
The Tulsa Community Foundation: The Tulsa Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disbursing charitable support to a variety of nonprofits. They’ve created a Moore and Shawnee tornado relief fund.
The Red Cross: The Red Cross has one shelter operating in Moore and a few others in the Oklahoma City area. They are also providing food service and emergency response vehicles to aid in search and rescue. To send $10 immediately, text REDCROSS to 90999. You can also make donations via the Red Cross website. The Red Cross is also collecting blood donations to make sure that local hospitals and medical facilities have the blood supplies they need.
The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is also collecting donations, but be forewarned that they are “an evangelical part of the universal Christian church” and have a history of being anti-gay. That said, they are also providing on-the-ground services.