Oklahoma Tornado: 10 Ways to Help the Devastated Families & Children

National Guard Oklahoma TornadoNational Guard on the scene in OklahomaThe Category 4 tornado that tore through parts of Oklahoma City, ripping apart two elementary schools as it moved through the area, has left us with images that are burned in our minds. The people of Moore, Oklahoma are hurting, and America, we should not look away. This is the time to do what we do best: to step in and help the people of Oklahoma.

They are our brothers. Our sisters. Our fellow Americans. And if a single image out of Moore broke your heart, then you should help in whatever way you can.

1. Donate to the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The non-profit already helps fund disaster relief efforts in that area, and their May Tornado Fund is being marked specifically for the victims in the Moore area.

2. Donate to Team Rubicon. This veterans' group sent volunteers to help with relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy, and now they're launching a similar effort to put boots on the ground in Oklahoma making home repairs and lending a hand wherever they can.

3. Spread the Picture Recovery Facebook Page. As relief workers pour in to help, they're finding plenty of items strewn about from the homes destroyed. What can be salvaged is being photographed and placed in a Facebook group where residents can lay claim to their belongings.

4. Send Money to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief. The group typically responds to disasters around the state, and this is no different. They have people on the ground, and they've promised "every penny" donated to their efforts will go to "disaster relief and helping victims."

5. Share the Safe & Well Page. The American Red Cross has set up a site for folks who are okay to register their names so friends and relatives know they're all right.

6. Donate to Global Giving. The online non-profit gets top marks from Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau, so you can feel safe knowing the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund is the real deal.

7. Help Feed the Children. Just $50 will deliver 375 pounds of relief supplies to Oklahoma.

8. Get a Band Together. The Bo Phillips Band, based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, has already started putting together a concert to help raise money for the victims. They're looking for musicians to perform on June 9 in Davis, Oklahoma.

9. Buy Gift Cards. People are going to need to restock their entire lives, and the folks behind Toomer's for Tuscaloosa, a non-profit group that came together after the 2011 storms in Alabama, has turned their sights on helping folks in Oklahoma. They say gift cards to Target and Wal-Mart will be a huge help for families in need, and they're collecting them.

10. Help the Tulsa Community Foundation. Another local charity, this non-profit will ensure donations stay IN Oklahoma.

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What are you doing today to honor the people in Oklahoma?


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CAP1015 CAP1015

I am from Oklahoma and while I did not suffer any damage or loss, many relatives and friends lost their homes and were injured. Luckily no loss of life among our group. 

Having gone through this several times, the best way to help is to simply donate to the red cross or the other fund collecting groups.  There are already so  many places filled with food/clothes/etc and we end sending much of it on to other places.  The groups like the red cross can use the funds to continue to be ready and able to support.

Thank for the thoughts and prayers.

Erica Fucello

I just scheduled a truck pickup to donate a bunch of childrens/infant clothes and toys, and some adult clothing as well.  Whatever my receipt tells me I can put on my tax form next year, I'll double it and send in a gift card to Target over to OK.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of them.

LostS... LostSoul88

I wish I had the money to donate but I have plenty of goods such as childrens clothes adn food. I wish I knew how to send that over there. 

othermom othermom

I plan on donting some money to the red cross

mindy... mindyjane283

In the days weeks and months to coome clean up and rebuilding will start.  It will take time, but it will also need able bodies.  These people will need help, materials, money, places to stay while rebuilding Or even someone just to bring them a quick bite to eat in it all.  I know that there are people who want to be their and helping NOW but now the work that has to be done is being done by those needed to do it its after this phase when the help will greatly be needed and often is overlooked or forgotten

Ann Marie Baker

I have clothes also how do we send them? childrens and some adults

mandy... mandysue88

For the last year I have filled literally filled my old broken down van with clothing I do not need or my kids have grown out of. I always intended to take it to good will but never got to it I just kept filling the van up. This weekend illbe donating every item to help children and family's in that area have clothing. I feel like maybe that's why I nevergot rid of it. All of it is nice most still have tags and all in every size from infant to 5t and adults clothing s to 3x . It's all I can afford to do to help.

nonmember avatar Makenze

I'm from the neighboring town and they local news sites and churches are begging people to stop bringing clothes! Its a great relief that this need has already been met by our local community. Donating to the Red Cross and Salvation Army is a great way to help out.

nonmember avatar Jim

I'm retired but still able to do plumbing and carpentry work. I've got my own tools and would love to come up and just help people with what ever needs to be done.

tania... taniamorse85

If you can't afford to donate money, there is a way to help out.  Box Tops for Education was doing a contest to give away a total of 5 million Box Tops when the tornado hit, and the contest is still going on.  To give to Plaza Towers Elementary (the one that lost 7 students), go to this Facebook page and enter the zip code 73160 into the school search box.  Select Plaza Towers Elementary School from the search results, and 5 Box Tops will be given to the school.

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