Each year, thunderstorms, hail, severe winds, twisters and tornadoes slam parts of the United States, injuring and, sometimes, killing anyone in their path. What can you do to help the victims of these extreme weather events? Plenty. Dozens of organizations are working hard to save lives and provide for the basic needs of tornado victims and others affected by extreme weather. For example, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief are just two organizations (there are certainly others) that have mobilized to help the victims and families of the devastating tornados that struck the nation’s midsection in mid-May of this year.
By connecting with these community groups and faith-based efforts, you join with so many others across this country to provide comfort and material assistance to these hard-hit communities as they dig out and recover from the effects of devastating natural disaster. By donating much-needed funds, local and national disaster relief and response organizations are better able to target their efforts to help individuals who have been hurt or lost homes and livelihoods as a result of extreme weather events. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Medical Assistance. Emergency Funds. These are just a few of the items your much-needed donations will support.
How to make your dollars count in Oklahoma and other areas hardest hit by these tornadoes and extreme weather events? Check out these exceptional disaster response and relief organizations:
American Red Cross: Natural Disaster Relief
Description: Making a difference in disaster areas, in collaboration with government and nonprofit organizations throughout the South, Midwest and beyond.
Donate online, via toll free number, by mail or via text message
Catholic Charities USA Disaster Response
Description: The largest private network of social service organizations in the US working to support families in crisis, reduce poverty, and build communities.
Call toll free: 1-(800) 919-9338
Salvation Army USA
Description: Providing food, hydration and other services to more than 6000 survivors and first responders in the Southeastern US. Making a difference, from Oklahoma and beyond.
Call toll free: 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY
Description: The nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, providing food to over 37 million Americans each year, including those impacted by natural disasters. Connecting with food banks in the hard hit region.
Direct Relief International
Description: Bringing urgently-needed medicine to people in crisis, here at home and around the world. Connecting with health professionals in the affected region.
Call toll free: 1-(800) 676-1638