Sites for tornado relief and shelter

Sites for tornado relief and shelter

Please continue to pray for the victims of this week's tornadoes.

We have the opportunity to provide general donations through several organizations, including our home congregations.

In addition, you can click this link to see a listing by the Christian Chronicle of churches of Christ and associated ministries that are providing relief and shelter.

The following is a list of other organizations along with the needs at this time. We also will post updates on relief efforts through Facebook and Twitter.

FEED THE CHILDREN

Feed The Children accepted donations from the public on Tuesday at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N. McCormick. Items accepted included diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks. Feed The Children is coordinating with other organizations and authorities at the scene to deliver disaster supplies as requests are received. Cash donations to help with relief efforts can be made by phone at 800-627-4556 or online at www.feedthechildren.org/disaster.

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF

With Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams already responding to severe weather from Sunday in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe, Oklahoma Baptists are assisting with recovery efforts from the tornado that hit Moore. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry, by visiting www.bgco.org/donate or calling 405-942-3800. All money goes toward disaster relief and helping victims. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists’ blog at www.okdisasterhelp.com.

OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE

Donors to the Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all metro-Oklahoma City hospitals and 140 others across the state. Presently, the state’s blood supply is adequate to meet the needs of patients in all hospitals caring for victims of the Moore tornado. Since there is no substitute for blood, the supply constantly needs to be replenished. Those with O-negative and Rh-negative blood types are most needed. Locations of donor centers and mobile blood drives can be found at www.obi.org.

RED CROSS

The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate $10 by texting “Red Cross” to 90999. Local Red Cross units will be dispatched throughout the damaged area. Those who are looking for family members can visit www.safeandwell.org.

REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged. Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.

SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams. Donations can be made to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks. Donate by phone: (800) 725-2769. Donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok.

TULSA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation’s largest community foundation, has established the Moore and Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund. This fund has received a lead gift of $100,000 from the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Contributions to the Moore and Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund. Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts. To donate, go to www.unitedwayokc.org or give by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief. For more information, contact Karla Bradshaw at kbradshaw@unitedwayokc.org.