by Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor
This is a trend that I like seeing — when there’s a crisis or tragedy, people pulling together. Just like we did with Hurricane Sandy (which happened in my area), we are going to post resources on how to help the people of Oklahoma.
Charity Navigator Posted this list of organizations and their ratings: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1567. Before you donate, you should be aware of how much of your dollars are going to the actual disaster recovery effort, not just to the organization, and how much goes towards expenses, fundraising, admin.. This is one of the reasons why I don’t automatically just donate to the Red Cross anymore. I recommend Convoy of Hope, as I spoke to them during Hurricane Sandy and they helped get a donation I had set up to the ground in Staten Island.
Here’s a giant list of resources. Thank you to Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel for sharing this from Oklahoma Women Bloggers. (Read More after the jump)
Some of the things they recommend are:
Text “FOOD” to 32333 to donate $10 to storm relief.
Prepackaged, nonperishable/ready-to-eat foods, including baby formula
Clothing (adult and children’s)
Toiletries (Shampoo, soap, first-aid supplies, etc.)
Any unlisted item that you might find handy during a time without basic utilities or shelter.
Here are the groups and some locations that are accepting donations:To donate blood or organize a blood drive, contact OBI at http://obi.org/, or call one of these locations:
Edmond: 3409 S. Broadway, Suite 300 | 405-475-0359
Central OKC: 901 N. Lincoln Blvd. | 405-278-3100
Midwest City: 1113 S. Douglas Blvd., Suite C | 405-737-7813
Norman: 1004 24th Ave. NW, Suite 101 | 405-364-2444
North OKC: 5105 N. Portland Ave. | 405-947-6621
Ardmore: 1420 Veterans Blvd. | 580-226-2220 • 1-800-299-2220
Enid: 301 E. Cherokee | 580-233-9323 • 1-800-299-9323
Lawton: 211 SW ‘A’ Ave. | 580-353-6451 • 1-800-299-6451
Tulsa: 4601 E. 81st St. | 918-477-0400 • 1-888-584-7557
The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team is accepting donations. Team leaders said 100 percent of the money goes to disaster victims. Send donations to: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, 3800 N May, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. To make a donation online, go to www.bgco.org.
Salvation Army Donation Link to donate $10 via phone text message, Text STORM to 80888
Oklahoma Tornado Victims Relief Fund sponsored by Cumulus radio. Donate via Giveforward at http://bit.ly/10f5058
The Regional Food Bank providing meals to victims. http://www.
News9 Donation Center – A donation center has been setup at News9 7401 N. Kelly OKC. They are looking for shovels, work gloves, boots, trash bags, dust masks, sunscreen, toiletries and above all cash donations. All goes to Red Cross
Edmond Schools are now accepting donations
Edmond Memorial (1000 E 15th St Edmond, OK 73013) accepting Clothing
Tumbleweeds in Stillwater is now taking donations.
By George Tavern 901 NW 64th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 is now taking donations.
City Rescue Mission 800 West California Ave., OKC, is now taking donations.
19th Hole in Stillwater is now taking donations.
The Cimarron Alliance Equality Center at 5613 N May Ave. is taking donations.
A triage center has been set up at the Warren Theater in Moore for anyone who need to be treated for their injuries.
The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in housing and food for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511!
Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 S.W. 89th Street in Moore is also open for anyone seeking help.
Victory Church, located 4300 North MacArthur in OKC is open for those who need help.
Journey Church in Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road is open as a shelter for anyone needing meals and a place to stay.
Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 801 N.E. 5th St. Oklahoma City is also open for those affected.
Resthaven Funeral Home on S.W. 104th and Western/Walker has water, bathrooms, and phones available for volunteers and victims.
Cranes or equipment are needed for any tornado damage, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors can provide equipment now. Contact Bobby Stem, AOGC, at (405)-520-1874.
Oklahoma Baptist University has opened up 160 dorm rooms FREE OF CHARGE for displaced tornado survivors. You’re to call the Presidents office or just show up and ask for the presidents office. Here are two numbers. 405-275-2850 or 405-878-2402
Harvest Norman Campus – 2800 W. Indian Hills Rd. has a shelter setup. Contact Pastor Scotty Haynes at 405-760-7732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Church of the Nazarene is open as an emergency shelter. It is located at 7301 S. Walker, just on the north side of I-240
City Rescue Mission has immediate shelter available for anyone who needs it! 405.232.2709 email@example.com
Dr. Lisa Marotta, an Oklahoma Blogger and psychologist, offers this advice.
The Oklahoma City Memorial offers this advice.
Please share any resources you can in the comment section of this post or email me at nancy AT themamamaven.com.
Thank you to Jeanne Sager of TheStir and InsideOutMotherhood for sharing this list: http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/155807/oklahoma_tornado_10_ways_to
Disclosure: Picture courtesy of TheNewYorker.com