Want to help Oklahoma tornado victims? Here's how

May 21, 2013 5:13:12 PM PDT
With so much devastation in Oklahoma, many Houstonians are wondering what they can do to help. Below is a list of drives and organizaitons accepting donations for tornado victims.

Roar!'s Humanitarian of the Year, Lisa Miller-Baldwin and her shelter for battered women/children, were severely affected by tragedy in OK. The Global Mogul Center for Women's Leadership and Development is collecting toiletries for women and children to help Lisa and victims in the area. You can drop off your donations at the ROAR!? Global Women's Leadership Summit between 8:30am and 1pm Thursday, May 23, 830am-1pm at the E.B. Cape Center, 4501 Leeland, Houston, 77023.

Scott Brown of the Scooter Brown Band and Josh Ward (Just voted Best New Male Artist 2013 at the Texas Awards) are loading up their trailers with donations at their station in Montgomery to take to Oklahoma on Wednesday. They are all going to meet up in parking lot at 7am to gather any extra items before heading off. The trailers are getting packed full and heavy! Gas money will be a great donation for these guys.

Red Cross also is accepting disaster relief donations. Donate here, or text the Red Cross. If you send the message REDCROSS to the number 90999, you'll send a $10 donation. You can also call 1-800-Red-Cross anytime.

The Oklahoma City chapter of the Salvation Army also is accepting donations. You can donate here.

The State of Oklahoma also has created a fund established for long-term needs of tornado victims. The OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund was created to assist with the medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee. Donations can be made by calling 405-236-8441 or donating online at www.unitedwayokc.org.

For Disaster Victims

The following resources are available to people who were impacted by the Oklahoma tornadoes:

  • Apply for disaster assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Find an open shelter if you need a place to stay
  • Let friends and family know you're safe by registering at the Safe and Well Registry
  • Talk to a counselor by calling the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. It's free and confidential
Do you know of a drive or other organizations collecting donations for tornado victims? Email us with that information.
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