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Ways to Help Okla. Tornado Victims

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A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph Monday. At least 24 people were killed, including nine children.

If you are looking for ways to help the Oklahoma tornado victims, you can take any of the following steps:

  • Donate to the American Red Cross, which has mobilized to help tornado victims throughout the Midwest. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Also, the Red Cross' Safe and Well website allows victims to notify friends and family that they are safe.
  • Donations to the Salvation Army can be earmarked for tornado relief. If you'd rather write a check than donate online, specify "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the check. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 to the Salvation Army.
  • Oklahoma's Department of Health and Human Services is available 24 hours a day (for non-emergency calls) by dialing 211. CBS affiliate News9 is tweeting consistent updates on shelters and relief.
  • Operation USA, based out of Los-Angeles, has announced it is providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.
  • Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief has deployed at least 80 volunteers to respond to the Oklahoma devastation. If you are interested in helping, make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO's Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800. You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
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