Authorities are reporting 24 deaths (down from 91, as previously reported) after a deadly two-mile-wide tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, yesterday. Nine kids are among the victims and the news is full of images of the debris that used to be homes. If you're looking to help, we’ve put together a list of immediate ways to take action. As time passes there will be more ways to help those affected so check back for an updated list.
+ American Red Cross
A quick and effective way to help is to text REDCROSS to 90999, because that donates $10. If you’re in the area that’s been hit, you can let loved ones know you’re okay by registering on the Safe and Well section of the Red Cross site. Likewise, if you know someone from the area and are looking for info on them, you can search there for verification that they are OK.
+ United Way of Central Oklahoma
The United Way of Central Oklahoma has started a disaster relief fund specifically to help Oklahomans who have been affected by the recent tornadoes. If you’re not able to give money through the website, you can send it by snail mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101. Make sure that you write “May Tornado Relief.”
+ Operation USA
Operation USA has also jumped on board to help, and like with the other orgs, the best way to help now is to send money. You can text AID to 50555 to donate $10, or you can send a check to 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
In this time of great sadness, there is an opportunity to feel some hope. HopeMob has teamed up with Convoy of Hope to raise $15,000 in one week. In less than a day they've raised more than $30,000, and you can help keep that number rising! HopeMob is a rare fundraising site since it offers fee-free fundraising -- they're not charging any additional fees to users. How so? They're covering transaction fees by going out and fundraising on their own from corporations and foundations.
+ Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity, which was involved with "Restore the Shore", will be helping Moore and the surrounding area rebuild. They'll be making sure to work with local and regional construction professionals, and they're in this for the long-term. Donating will help them in their efforts.
+ Love Is Louder
Love is Louder is gathering together specific messages and images of support to share with the people of Oklahoma. Make sure when you're spreading your love on Twitter and Instagram you use the hashtags #loveislouder and #Oklahoma. These will be collected and shared on the Love is Louder FB page for all to see.
+ Send a Love Letter
The World Needs More Love Letters put out a call to those who want to send handwritten letters of support to the people of Oklahoma. The organization’s local Campus Cursive chapter will make sure your message gets to the Moore residents. DoSomething is also planning to hand deliver messages to the residents; all you have to do is text HOPE to 38383, and the non-profit will take care of the rest.
A good way to show that you care about the community would be to Tweet your support and condolences. #Oklahoma is trending, and you can also give other words of love and hope in your 140 characters. You can also Tweet info on ways to help — like linking to this post or sharing how to donate via text.