How to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes

Our hearts are so heavy with the news of the devastation caused by yesterday’s tornadoes in Oklahoma. Along with keeping those affected in our thoughts, we have pulled together a list of resources that will bring much-needed help, both now and in the near future.

Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press photo credit, New York Times

photo: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

On Cool Mom Tech, we’ve rounded up smart ways to use technology to help Oklahoma but in addition, here are some other truly effective ways:

A $50 donation to Feed the Children will help deliver 375 pounds of relief supplies to those in need. Or, donate as little as $10 and know your money will be turned into tangible items for people in the affected areas.

Team Rubicon’s Operation: Starting Gun is preparing to mobilize volunteers to go directly to the communities to help assess damages and expedite home repair. Your support will help get these volunteers where they need to be as quickly as possible.

Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman photo

photo: Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Send a donation to the Oklahoma City region of the American Red Cross and help them provide shelter, food, and services for those in need. For those living in areas with frequent tornado warnings, they have also put together a list of important information to read before a tornado strikes.

Set up through the non-profit, grassroots-supporting Global Giving, the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund is raising dollars for both immediate needs, as well as long-term rebuilding goals. 

The United Way of Central Oklahoma helps local communities organize disaster response efforts, and will distribute donations to their May Tornado Fund to respected local non-profits working to rebuild their community after the storm.

Also, if you have children, please see our very important, if difficult post on how to talk to children about tragedy. May it bring you some level of comfort today.

Christina

Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.

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