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Q&A: How to help tornado victims

How to help tornado victims

Can you please provide ways to donate to groups other than the Red Cross that are earmarked for Oklahoma tornado victims?

Many charitable organizations are accepting donations to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Among them:

• The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (regionalfoodbank.org). Donate online or Text FOOD to 32333, and $10 will be charged to your bill.

• OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund (ok.gov/okstrong). Donate online or call (405) 236-8411.

• The Salvation Army (SalvationArmyUSA.org). Donate online, call toll-free 1-800-725-2769 or text STORM to 80888, and $10 will be charged to your bill.

• Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (okdisaster help.com). Donate online or send a check to BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N May Ave., Oklahoma City, Okla., 73112.

• United Way of Central Oklahoma (unitedwayokc.org). Donate online, call (405) 523-3598, (405) 523-3597 or (405) 236-8441, or send a check to P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief.

• Feed the Children (feedthechildren.org). Donate online.

• Oklahoma Humane Society (okhumane.org). Donate online, call (405) 607-8991 or send a check to 9300 N May Ave., Suite 400-281, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73120.

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City's newspaper, has more details in its list — newsok.com/how-to-help-tornado-victims/article/3828009.

Attorneys general in many states have warned people to research charities and make sure they are legitimate before donating.

'Sweet Caroline' and Red Sox

How and why did the song Sweet Caroline become a fixture at Boston Red Sox games?

A Red Sox employee whose job it was to decide the music lineup at Fenway Park heard Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline at other stadiums and put it in the musical rotation in the late 1990s. Amy Tobey began playing the song sometime between the seventh and ninth innings, but only if the Red Sox were leading and the "atmosphere is festive," Charles Steinberg, a senior adviser to Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, recently told MSN.com. When new ownership took over in 2002, team officials requested that Sweet Caroline be played in the middle of the eighth inning at every game.

Diamond, who wrote and first performed the song in 1969, said it was inspired by Caroline Kennedy. He sang and led the fans in Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park on the day after Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested.

Correction

The Publix where the winning Powerball ticket was sold is at 7838 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. An incorrect address was listed in Monday's Ask the Times.

Q&A: How to help tornado victims 06/10/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 10, 2013 6:17pm]
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