Americans across the country are reacting with shock to the devastation caused by a 2-mile wide Tornado in Oklahoma. Dozens have died, and President Obama has declared the path of the tornado a major disaster area.
If you would like to help, you can do so from your computer or mobile device right now.
- The Red Cross says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.
- The Salvation Army has mobilized in Oklahoma, and you can support them by donating online; or by texting STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts; or by making a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- For a longer list of organizations related to recovery from the tornado, see this list on The Huffington Post.
Richfield resident Gina Hark will be collecting non-perishable food items to send to Oklahoma. She is teaming up with her son and daughter's sports leagues to collect items Tuesday, May 21:
- From 6-8 p.m. at the Richfield youth girls fastpitch game at Richfield Middle School fields, 7461 Oliver Ave. S.
- From 6-8 p.m. at the Richfield youth boys baseball game at Roosevelt Park fields, 7644 4th Ave. S.
Hark said she will likely be traveling between the games and coaches will accept donations. If you are unable to make a donation tonight, e-mail Hark to set up a drop-off time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read: Food Drive For Oklahoma Tornado Victims
The following are other suggestions given by readers on Richfield Patch's Facebook page:
- Laurel Elizabeth: D Paul Rode - owner of Agave Kitchen in Hudson is gathering stuff to fill a 26-foot truck to bring to OK... Hudson Patch has a story on their page, as well as info on the Agave Kitchen FB page.
More suggestions given on Southwest Minneapolis Patch's Facebook page:
- William Henry Gustaf Bildsten: I really trust http://www.hopemob.org for responding to needs in Oklahoma. HopeMob is very grassroots and connects with many in need to crowd fund to help. A lot of people may think they're helpful for setting up a fund, but, in reality, trusting fundraising with a few, excellent NGOs helps the most. President Obama also mentioned the Red Cross (which is always doing something) but I would worry about the bureaucracy of massive non-profits with their return on the dollar.
- Marci Mogg: Here is a list someone else made: http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2013/05/oklahoma/
Patch will be posting stories of locals who are working to help victims from afar. If you know of someone local was affected by the tornado or who is working to help the victims, please contact your local editor. If you have other suggestions on how to help, please add the information to the comments section below.