Oklahoma as you likely know has been ravaged by storms, with more on the way, which have caused considerable damage in the form of tornadoes, high winds, and massive flooding the likes of which we haven’t seen in 32 years. If you are affected, our hearts and prayers go out to you, and we wish you speedy recovery and rebuilding.
Most Oklahomans fortunately have not been directly impacted by the disaster, and are looking for ways to help. If you have been searching for something where you can donate your time, efforts, or money to organizations that are helping our neighbors, we have compiled a (certainly not comprehensive!) list where your donations can go. Please remember that unless physical items are specifically requested, monetary donations are typically best – the programs can spend the money where it is needed faster than organizing all the items that come in.
Opportunties For You to Help:
- The United Way is collecting funds for disaster relief. (Yes, the url is spelled incorrectly, but that link is correct!) http://www.unitedwayncfl.org/OklahomaDisasterReleifFund
- Red Cross – text REDCROSS to 90999 to make $10 donation. The largest and most organized program to consider helping.
- You can call 211 or visit 211oklahoma.org if you are interested in volunteering or otherwise donating. They are attempting to keep track of all organized efforts, and are plugging people in where they are most needed.
- Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief trains volunteers throughout the state in disaster relief, and then deploys teams where necessary. They don’t appear to be taking new trainees at this time, but they could use monetary donations to assist with their efforts, including feeding crews and affected families, disaster assessment, mud-out removal and childcare. https://www.okdisasterhelp.org
- The OK Cattlemen have started a fundraiser to assist beef producers who have been affected. 100% of proceeds will go toward affected ranchers. https://www.okcattlemen.org/flood-relief-fund
- Several previously planned blood drives have had to be canceled, consider donating blood. There was already a shortage, and with canceled drives the blood supply is drying up. In case of larger disaster, this could create tragic consequences. https://obi.org/
Northeastern OK/Tulsa metro Area:
- Mazzio’s buffets May 27-31 (lunch 11:30-1:30, Tuesday night 5-8 pm). 50% of proceeds will be donated to United Way Disaster Relief
- The Tulsa Drillers are selling mementos and items in an auction specifically for disaster relief http://drillers.milbauctions.com/gallery.cfm
- Animal Welfare could use more blankets, paper towels and towels along with rabbit and bird food at their emergency animal shelter set up at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. They are open from 8-5.
- The Tulsa VFW will be holding a PB&J Party on Tuesday the 28th. Bring peanut butter, bread and jams, and volunteers will be making sandwiches to distribute to first responders, working crews and displaced families. Follow their facebook page for more information.
- Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma needs canned protein, canned or packaged fruits, 100% fruit juice, canned/boxed meals, soups & stews, rice, pasta & sauces, canned vegetables. Items can be dropped off at 1304 N Kenosha Ave in Tulsa, or you can visit the website to make a much needed monetary donation here: https://okfoodbank.org/disaster-relief/
OKC Area (El Reno):
- The City of El Reno has started an official GoFundMe to aid in disaster relief efforts. https://www.gofundme.com/city-of-el-reno-tornado-relief-fund
- OKC VFW is accepting physical items- diapers, shampoo, soap, underwear, shoes, socks, PJ, fire resistant clothing, water, blankets. 1515 Rock Island, El Reno
However you choose to help, it is so appreciated by your neighbors and fellow Oklahomans.