Across Tampa Bay, residents awoke this morning to horrific stories about homes and schools — and the children and families in them — torn apart by tornadoes in Oklahoma City's suburbs. Here are a few organizations collecting donations online to help with recovery and relief efforts.
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The AMERICAN RED CROSS can take donations via its website at redcross.org/support. Instructions there walk potential donors through the process of donating money or blood, and organizing fundraisers and blood drives in your community.
To make an immediate $10 donation to the Red Cross using your cellphone, text the word REDCROSS to 90999. The charge will appear on your next bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. For more information, text the word HELP to 90999.
The SALVATION ARMY is collecting donations online to directly support relief efforts in Oklahoma. Find more information at salvationarmyusa.org. To contribute $10 by cellphone, text STORM to 80888.
If you prefer to send a check, put "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the memo line, and mail it to: Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.
The UNITED WAY has activated a disaster-relief fund to collect donations earmarked for relief and recovery work in Oklahoma. Donations can be made on the United Way of Central Oklahoma's website at unitedwayokc.org via major credit cards.
To send a check, put "May Tornado Relief" on the memo line and mail it to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.
Los Angeles-based OPERATION USA is preparing supplies to help Oklahoma community health organizations and schools recover. Donations can be made at opusa.org or by texting the word AID to 50555.
Checks should be sent to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036.