A solitary US flag flies amid the destruction. Picture by: James Breeden/Splash News
American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. 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're within the disaster region. The site is
designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.
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. As in
the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on
your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a
prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission,
to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.
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
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.
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, SalvationArmyUSA.org. 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 donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the
organization says on its site.
"Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested." Donations can be made online at 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 ,
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.
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.