Immediately after the tornadoes started this week, I knew they were going to be devastating. But I had no idea how bad is really was going to be.
The first day was horrific, and I thought the worst was over.
The second day proved us all wrong though.
The town of Moore, Oklahoma was hit by a massive EF-5 tornado. With winds above 200 mph.
Many are dead, including children who were trying to finish up their last days of the school year.
What can you do to help?
This is the list I have come up with as of today. I'm sure the list will grow in the coming days/weeks.
*Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army USA (goes onto your phone bill)
*Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the RedCross (goes onto your phone bill)
*Text FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (goes onto your phone bill)
*Operation BBQ Relief is a non-profit corporation founded in 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri. They served over 120,000 barbecue meals in less than two weeks. From that, their organization was born. Visit their facebook pages for updates, volunteer information, needs, and requests for donated supplies. They deployed to Moore today. From their website you can donate to their relief fund or volunteer to work with them.
*If you would like to help with clean-up please contact the Red Cross at 405-228-9500 and give them your information.
*Judah 1 is a Christian non-profit aviation ministry. Besides providing air transportation for organizations like Make a Wish Foundation they also provide mission transport for disaster relief. They have a donate box on their website. Your donations are tax deductible. Please mark your donation "Tornado May 2013."
*The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma is another great place to donate. 100% of your donation goes to disaster relief and helping victims. There is a button on the website, or you can mail checks to BGCO, ATTN: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., OKC, OK 73112.
One thing that I keep seeing over and over is that you shouldn't just show up in the area without signing in with an organization such as the Red Cross. You will just be in the way.
They don't have the capabilities to store large amounts of clothes, etc. at the time. That will be set up in the coming days/weeks.
Search facebook for groups related to the Shawnee or Moore Oklahoma Tornado Relief. There will be more specifics for people in need.
I know times are hard right now, and many of us can't spare the extra money to donate. If you don't have the money to donate, or the opportunity to help out in person there is one huge thing you can do. You can pray. God hears our prayers. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Your prayers are more important than you think!