My tip for today is how you can help my state in the aftermath of 2 days, TWO days, of deadly tornadoes. While the 19th of May was destructive, the 20th of May is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And we lived in OKC when the May 3, 1999 tornado occurred. I’ll be surprised if this tornado isn’t upgraded to an F5 simply because the destruction appears so much worse than even the ’99 storm.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Pray. It’s free & it works.
2. Donate to the Salvation Army. Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. My understanding is that they DO NOT WANT CLOTHES at this point in time. That may sound strange, but I’m sure there is a plan in place for those that need fresh apparel.
3. Donate to the Red Cross. Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
4. Donate to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund. Donations may be made online at www.unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.
5. Donations to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.
6. Donate blood at your local blood bank. A blood donation only costs you some time &, well, blood, but they give you a cookie afterwards. It’s such an easy thing to do. And it’s free!
7. Check with your local law enforcement, churches & businesses (be sure they are legitimate businesses) for any plans to take supplies. I know that there are suburban cities joining with private business & churches in gathering needed supplies. Check your home-town sources to see if you can help!
As I type this, my heart is heavy for the parents waiting to hear the fate of their child in the school rubble. I hurt for those waiting to hear about family & friends. I am faithful that God is in control, but I can not imagine the torture of not knowing, the realization of loss, or the joy of a miracle. As the sun rises and more bad news is sure to come, please blanket the people of Oklahoma with your prayers of peace, comfort, & strength. Pray for us to remember to lean on our Heavenly Father, to ask forgiveness amidst our anguish, and for Him to carry those hurting the most.