I know many of you are wondering how you can help those affected by the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma this week. Our family is in the very southern tip of central Oklahoma (almost in Texas), and while we had to make a run to the cellar yesterday, thankfully, all we ended up getting was straight-line winds and hail.
The first thing you can do is pray. The rescue workers, those displaced from their homes, those who have lost loved ones; they can all use your prayers.
The BGCO (Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma) is accepting donations. These guys are hard-core and have helped in many, many disaster areas all around our country and the world. Donate to the BGCO Disaster Relief here. They have also included a “How to Help” on their website.
You can text FOOD to 32333 to make a $10 donation that will be deducted from your cell phone bill. This $10 will go to the Oklahoma City Regional Food Bank.
The Red Cross is also accepting donations via text. Message REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will be deducted from your cell phone bill.
Samaritan’s Purse is sending out teams to help with clean up. If you are interested in that, you can check out the post on their website here.
What they need most after prayer is money. Right now, many areas have been overflowing with donations of clothing and toys, etc, so the best way to give at this time is through monetary donations either via text or online. Local peeps, hang onto your other donations, because while the need may not be here right now it will be in the future. And thank you, from the bottom of this Oklahoman’s heart, for your contributions and prayers.
There are many many other organizations doing amazing things to help these tornado victims and those involved in the rescue and clean-up efforts. If you know of more legitimate ways to help, please let me know, and I will update this post.