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Beautiful: How to Help in Oklahoma

“So the people of Moore should know that their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes. For there are homes and schools to rebuild, businesses and hospitals to reopen, there are parents to console, first responders to comfort, and, of course, frightened children who will need our continued love and attention.” ~ President Obama speaking on the disaster in Oklahoma

It is painful to watch a tragedy from a distance. We don’t need to feel helpless nor hopeless watching the news coverage about the Oklahoma tornado that has leveled entire neighborhoods and claimed dozens of lives. CBS News has put together a list of resources that are on the ground offering much needed support, assistance, and guidance during this terrible time.

As the death toll rises for the massive tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma Monday afternoon, some well-known relief agencies are jumping into action. Here is a quick list of some of the agencies that are providing aid, and how you can help.

DonorsChoose.org
Here is the Donors Choose link to help teachers and students in Moore rebuild. Find them on Twitter: @DonorsChoose
http://www.donorschoose.org/okschools

The Salvation Army
Here is a link to donate for the Salvation Army’s tornado relief in Oklahoma
https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok

The Red Cross
Here is a link to donate to the Red Cross’ tornado relief in Oklahoma
http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city

Or use your cell phone to donate: Support #OKwx efforts – give online @SalvationArmyUSA.org or text “STORM” to 80888 2 make $10 donation #tornado

Let others know you’re okay! Very critical in search & rescue efforts. #ok #okwxhttps://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

OU Sooners @UofOklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in Housing for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511

Google
Google Crisis Map
http://google.org/crisismap/2013-oklahoma-tornado

AmeriCares
Home page for AmeriCares organization
http://www.americares.org/emergency-response/#er-c

Oklahoma Disaster Relief
Home page for Baptist Church’s disaster relief
http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/2013/05/disaster-relief-how-to-help/