Ways to help tornado victims in Oklahoma Print
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:14

• L&T staff report

Many people are asking about what they can do to help the Moore, Okla., tornado victims. The American Red Cross wants people to understand they cannot self deploy to a disaster like this. 
If anyone is interested in going on a disaster like the tornadoes in Oklahoma, they need to get disaster relief training through the Red Cross, according to Liberal branch manager of the Western Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross Sherry Helmke..
“And then they could possibly be deployed,” Helmke said. 
She went on to add, “Please do not send clothing or other materials. The most important thing any one can do to help at this time, is to make a monetary donation.”
The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small, individual donations or collections of items for emergency relief purposes. Small items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation. The Red Cross, in partnership with other agencies, suggests that the best use for those types of donations is to support needy agencies within donors' local communities.
The best way to help a disaster victim is through a financial donation to the American Red Cross. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for the disaster relief operation. Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.
There are three ways people can do that:
1. Go to redcross.org and donate, 
2. Text REDCROSS 90999 to donate $10, or 
3. Send the donation to the local chapter.  
For any other questions, please contact the local Red Cross at 624-8411. 
“We want to thank everyone for their support.” Helmke said. 

• Salvation Army

As search and rescue efforts continue tonight in the wake of a massive tornado that struck the town of Moore, Okla., The Salvation Army Kansas and Western Missouri Division is mobilizing to assist with the relief efforts. A team of Salvation Army ministers and volunteers is deploying Tuesday morning to provide spiritual and emotional care to survivors, first responders and the community of Moore. The team includes Captains Dean and Pat Towne, Salvation Army Wichita Citadel; Major Michelle Heaver, Salvation Army Kansas City, Kan.; and John Miller, longtime Salvation Army emergency disaster services volunteer.  
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
Donors are encouraged to give online at:
www.SalvationArmyUSA.orgor by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day
Salvation Army Statements
Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army
“The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for all of those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.”
“Many of these impacted communities will take months or even years to recover. The Salvation Army is committed to being there with them throughout and providing aid wherever it’s needed.”

Helping where it’s needed most

• Leader & Times
A local family is looking to help out with the relief efforts in Moore, Okla., after tornadoes struck the city in the southeast portion of Oklahoma City on Monday.
Annica Witt-Slater of Tyrone, Okla., said Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, Okla., is a drop-off location for supplies needed by the victims and rescue workers of the Moore tornado tragedy.
Witt-Slater and her son, Payson, will be traveling to Oklahoma City this weekend, and she said the pair will gladly take any donations.
“Items requested are water, Gatorade, diapers, wipes, trash bags, work gloves, hand sanitizer, new bags of socks and underwear in all sizes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, formula, easy to eat foods such as granola bars and peanut butter crackers,” she said.
Witt-Slater said donors are asked to only give the items requested, as they will be easy to sort through and get used immediately.
Drop off locations include the Guymon, Okla., Mr. Payroll inside the Wes-T-Go convenience store and Hooker Church of Christ.
“Tyrone can bring donations directly to my house, and Liberal residents can take items to the Mr. Payroll located inside Love’s,” Witt-Slater said. “Thank you in advance for any of the above items you could donate. One of the best blessings you can receive is when you help others that are in need.”
For more information, Witt-Slater can be reached at 620-655-0484 or at 580-854-0770.

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