Living in Oklahoma, tornadoes are a part of the deal. Although not listed in your renters agreement, hotel paperwork, or home closing documents, enduring tornado season is the life of an Oklahoman.
In May of 1999, a week before I graduated from high school, I survived one of the most horrific natural disasters my eyes had ever seen. I still think of those moments, and my brain can’t fully compute what my eyes saw.
Almost 15 years later, my eyes saw a similar scene, and again I struggle to accurately process what I’ve seen first hand, watched on television, and digested through phone calls, emails, and social media. It’s 1999 all over again, and it’s horrifying.
As many around the interwebs have mentioned, there are various ways in which you can help the relief efforts in my home state. What does relief mean? Simply put, various groups in Oklahoma will search, clean up, feed, clothe, rebuild, and rework the areas effected by today’s tornado. Those things cost money, and you can help. Here’s how.
The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation. In Canada REDCROSS to 30333 donates $5.
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
Text: STORM to 80888
Donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
Feed The Children
Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick.
Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
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
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