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May 23, 2013

Area residents continue to offer help to tornado victims

TAHLEQUAH — In the aftermath of the May 20 tornado that decimated a portion of Moore, many area businesses and organizations are making efforts to assist in the recovery process.

In-state donations are widespread, many including the collection of items like food, clothing and water. But the municipalities of Moore and Oklahoma City, along with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, are urging those interested in donating to simply make monetary contributions.

The needs of those affected by this disaster are still being assessed by first responders, community-based organizations, and other disaster relief organizations. Meanwhile, cash donations to disaster relief organizations are preferred, as they can be put to use immediately and provide greater flexibility.

In-kind donations such as clothing and household items are not being accepted at this time. Food and water donations may be forwarded to the Salvation Army, Food Bank or other appropriate organizations.

Individuals and groups who desire to volunteer for recovery efforts should not self-deploy but await further instructions from disaster relief organizations as requests are made through media sources.

Offers of assistance with equipment, personnel or resources, should include and forward the following information via e-mail to okcem@okc.gov: name, city and state, contact number, as well as the type of service rendered.

Donations for hot food for survivors and first responders should be directed to the American Red Cross by calling (405) 228-9500.

The following is a list of local businesses and/or organizations currently accepting donations:

Baker’s Furniture

Sherry Baker has made provisions to allow for a donation center at Baker Furniture, 3231 S. Muskogee Ave., during normal store hours. Donations will be delivered to the American Red Cross in Oklahoma City. All amounts are being accepted.

BancFirst

BancFirst, in association with the Moore Ministerial Alliance, has established a relief fund for the victims of the Moore tornado. BancFirst has contributed $25,000 to the effort. Kevin Clarkson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Moore will administer the fund.  

“We encourage anyone who can, to donate to the Moore Tornado Relief Fund,” said BancFirst of Moore President Craig Turner. “Deposits will be accepted state-wide at all BancFirst locations. Moore Ministerial Alliance was a key entity in reaching Moore families during the May 3, 1999 tornado and we are proud to be able to work together with this group to assist the people affected by this current tragedy.”

In Tahlequah, BancFirst is at 130 S. Muskogee Ave., 2020 S. Muskogee Ave., and 1200 E. Ross St.

Reasor’s

Reasor’s is partnering with the Salvation Army to collect donations to help with disaster relief across central Oklahoma. People are asked to text the word “Storm” to 80888 to give $10, and Reasor’s will match the first $10,000 donated.

All 17 Reasor’s locations throughout Northeastern Oklahoma will be collecting the most-needed items, including brooms, mops, gloves, buckets, hand sanitizer, shovels and rakes.

Canyon Ridge Farms

Canyon Ridge Farms will be collecting any canned goods, paper goods, personal hygiene items, bottled water, diapers, cat/dog food, et al, at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, May 25. Items will be delivered to the Urban Agrarian in Oklahoma City, which will distribute donations to area shelters.

Monetary donations will also be accepted. More information will be available at the market. Canyon Ridge Farms will donate $1 from each cheese sold at the market(s). Vendors are being urged to participate, as well.

Indian Nations Bikers Against Child Abuse

The local BACA chapter will be accepting donations for rural communities affected by the tornadoes at Lance Hopkins Law Office, 219 W. Keetoowah, during business hours, Monday–Friday, from 8-5 a.m.

“Some of the smaller towns like Carney and Newcastle are getting no Red Cross help,” said BACA representative Viola Paris. “We’re doing a donation of items to help them in the recovery process.”

Items in need include, but are not limited to: water, flash lights, baby bottles, powdered milk, paper goods, zip-lock bags, dog and cat food, horse food, energy drinks, sports drinks, shovels, rakes, buckets, soap, first aid items, diapers, baby food, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, blankets, pillows, soap, cleaning supplies, trash bags, can openers, non-perishable food items, granola bars, ibuprofen, shampoo and conditioner, as well as N94-rated dust masks.

“We won’t turn anything down,” said Paris. “Anything we can get our hands on to take to that area will be greatly appreciated by the residents.

Monetary donations will also be accepted. Donations over $100 will come with a receipt and are tax deductible. Clothing will not be accepted.

For more information, call Paris at (918) 456-8603 or Jack Lloyd at (918) 869-9976.

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