How you can help Oklahoma tornado victims

Red Cross, Salvation Army some of the agencies accepting donations

Here's a list of agencies accepting donations for the communities affected by the Oklahoma tornado.

American Red Cross

Send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other mobile donations, the donation will show up on your wireless bill or be deducted from you balance for those with prepaid phones. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission to donate through text messages. (You can retract your donation by texting STOP to 90999.)

You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

If you're searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well's site. And please register if you are within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier. 

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities.

Phone bank

Viewers who called in to KPRC Local 2's phone bank on Tuesday contributed $57,060 in just two and a half hours. For those who would still like to donate, see the Red Cross numbers below.

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has opened an Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund mailbox to gather aid from across the Houston Jewish community for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. The Fund is meant to support relief efforts of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City. The Federation said 100 percent of the funds donated will go to the local Federation and its relief efforts on the ground.

To donate to the fund, click here. You can mail a contribution, address your donation to the JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund, in care of: 

The Jewish Federation of North America, Wall Street Station, PO Box 157, New York, NY, 10268.

Moore & Shawnee Relief Fund

Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation's largest community foundation, has established the Moore & Shawnee Relief Fund. Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Relief Fund can be made online to the Tulsa Community Fund. Donations can be mailed to the TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.

Woodlands Church, Houston

Woodlands Church has an assessment team on the ground in Moore working with partner churches to help in efforts in the aftermath of the storms.

Funds are being specifically collected for Moore and anyone in joining the teams in Moore can access information or make a donation through Woodlands Church. Click here for more information.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief

The 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

The Salvation Army is 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.

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).

United Way of Central Oklahoma

A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.

Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested, according to the site.

United Way of Central Oklahoma's Disaster Relief Fund is open.  Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of "May Tornado Relief" can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.

Feeding America

Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to "feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks," 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.

Operation USA

The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is "readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover.

You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: 1-800-678-7255.

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