At least 51 people – including seven children at an elementary school – were killed when a massive tornado struck an area outside Oklahoma City yesterday. Seven children were killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado was estimated to be at least 2 miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Within hours, relief organizations were getting out the message on how to help:
American Red Cross:You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund and give blood at your local hospital or blood bank. Visit www.redcross.org/charitable-donations. Send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief:Sonations 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 and says clothing is NOT needed. Visit www.okdisasterhelp.com/2013/05/disaster-relief-how-to-help.
Salvation Army:Sonate online via http://salvationarmyusa.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
United Way of Central Oklahoma:The organization says “ monetary donations are the best way to assist. Visit www.unitedwayokc.org.
Feeding America:Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America plans to deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need. Visit https://secure.feedingamerica.org.