Over the past few days, I’ve read social media updates from my friends who live in Oklahoma and Northern Texas. While I’m thankful that the people I know personally are safe and unharmed, my heart breaks for all of the people who lost their lives and property in the storms (read this actual account from my friend Amy).
I was especially concerned about the children whose school was destroyed by the tornado while they were inside. Sadly, 20 of those children died.
Many of my church members are from Oklahoma and their grief for their friends and relatives affected me deeply.
Our Texas Bloggers group has decided to band together to raise money for the Oklahoma tornado victims. Please visit the TXBloggers website for a list of all of the relief efforts. In addition, here are five ways that you can help right now:
The United Way of Oklahoma is accepting funds that will then be redistributed to the organizations working directly on the ground for this tragedy.
The Salvation Army is on the ground caring for victims’ needs. They are organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City. Please donate to their relief efforts. All money collected will go toward the Oklahoma City chapter. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
The Southern Baptist Convention has a disaster relief fund set up to benefit the disasters in Oklahoma. Their disaster relief teams are on the scene of every area affected in Oklahoma, and they will not leave the scenes until every family is served.
As always, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the organization. Your donation will go toward the Red Cross’ Emergency Relief Fund, which is working to provide relief in Oklahoma and Texas.
Feed the Children is collecting money to provide families with basic needs. A donation of $50.00 can help to deliver $250 worth of relief supplies.
Please continue to pray for the families that were affected and help those in need today.