Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Helping Hand

If you want to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma:

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. You need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. (If you change your mind, text the word STOP to 90999.)

Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

Do not send food, clothing, or toys.  They just get in the way.  They need cash and blood.

There are plenty of other charities and agencies to choose from as well.  And, of course, there will be charlatans exploiting the emergency, so make your contribution of your own initiative and hang up on those who call you out of the blue.

One bark on “Helping Hand

  1. Other than donating blood years ago I just made my first monetary donation to the Red Cross at your suggestion. I’m of the generation that accused them of charging GI’s for doughnuts in the ’40’s. True or false, it gave a lot of people an excuse to be stingy. But with the Oklahoma Senators being stingy themselves about disaster relief, I made my statement. Thanks for the nudge.

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