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DONATE: How to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Posted at 11:40 PM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-23 21:41:42-04

Mid-west communities have been ravaged by tornadoes and severe weather. On Monday, a two-mile wide tornado touched down in a suburban area outside Oklahoma City.

Many compared Monday’s storm with one that caused widespread devastation and more than 100 deaths, back in May 1999. Damages from that storm caused more than a billion dollars worth of damages. Early estimates anticipate this storm will cost three times more damage.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross said the best way to assist families is to make a donation to or

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Feeding America
Feeding America, whose headquarters are in Oklahoma, says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also “set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed.” You can donate online here.

Phone: 1-800-910-5524.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief

This organization says donations 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 (It says clothing is NOT needed).

For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief’s website.

You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Salvation Army

Supporters can donate online via the organization’s website, You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.

If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.

Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).