Help & Support for Moore, Oklahoma (Especially if you’re IN Oklahoma)
You are absolutely welcome to skip down past this to the links. I just know some of my (regular) readers will want to know what was happening yesterday.
Yesterday was … an adventure. I was returning from a mini writing retreat with the rest of the Ferrets, and watching the weather with a very wary eye. We were coming back from Jasper, AR, heading to Tulsa, OK, and would have to make several stops in town before I could actually go home (I was the driver).
About an hour into our return trip (after we’d stopped for lunch), we watched over radar as a massive tornado struck Moore, OK.
And then watched as the weather started moving up through OKC, and toward Tulsa. Then, as we drew closer and closer to Tulsa, we watched with anxious hearts as tornadoes started to form around Collinsville, Skiatook, Claremore, and one touched down in Ramona – the halfway point that my husband and I often pass as we go to visit his family in Bartlesville.
Literally five minutes after that, I received a phone call from my husband, asking if his cousin could borrow a movie. Our conversation went a bit like this:
“Is your cousin at the house right now?”
“Who’s coming to get him?”
“She’ll be here in 15-20 minutes.”
“Call her. NOW. A tornado just struck Ramona. Make sure she’s okay.”
Fortunately, my mother-in-law was fine. It’s about a 40-50 minute drive between Tulsa and Bartlesville, and that would have put her right near Ramona in her travels. It was a few terrifying minutes waiting to hear back from hubby.
But Moore, OK is far from okay. [Edit: I actually found out that the death toll wasn’t nearly as high as they were anticipating, hurray! It was somewhere in the mid-20s earlier this evening.]
So what can you do to help?
If you’re not in Oklahoma:
Query/First Page Critique Workshop to Benefit Oklahoma – organized by my friend and fellow writer/blogger, Becca Weston. You can find all the details at that first link.
Jennifer L. Armentrout (#1 NYT & USA Today bestselling author) – Moore Auction (ends Sunday, June 2nd, 8 am EST)
KidLit Cares for Oklahoma – Kate Messner
The Mennonite Disaster Service (home repair & rebuilding)
From Michelle (The Barenaked Critic):
[Michelle says –
Below is the information for how you can contribute to Rotary’s relief efforts for Moore.This is specifically for District 6110, which is northeastern OK, northwestern AR, southwestern MO, and southeastern KS. (You don’t have to be a Rotarian or live in this district to participate.) People can also contact their own local Rotary clubs to see if they have volunteer/relief efforts closer to home, if they’d prefer. 🙂]To: All District 6110 Rotarians On Monday, May 20th, Moore, Oklahoma was hit by a powerful tornado and suffered massive destruction.District Governor, John Williams has authorized a coordinated effort for Rotary District 6110, coordinating all contributions into one place. He has authorized Medical Supplies Network, Inc., (MSNI), to be the coordinating agency for disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.All donations by clubs and / or individuals can be sent to:Medical Supplies Network, 1123 South Erie, Tulsa, OK 74112.Checks need to be made payable to MSNI-Disaster Relief, Oklahoma.Those wishing to use PayPal or credit cards can do so by going to www.msni.org and clicking the appropriate link. All contributions are tax deductible. An acknowledgement letter for tax purposes will be sent to clubs and individuals making contributions.Once funds are collected the funds will be passed to either a Rotary Club or organization set up to work with the relief efforts.For further questions:Email – email@example.comThank you.Terri PollmillerRotary District 6110 Administrator4200 East Skelly Drive, Suite 590Tulsa, OK 74135Office: 918-481-6110Fax: 918-481-6010
If you’re in the Tulsa & surrounding areas:
OKLAHOMA DONATIONS NEEDED immediately for the areas that have been hit by the tornadoes: Water, heavy duty gloves, toiletries, baby wipes, blankets, sunscreen! (NO Clothes) Bring or mail to: Owasso Keller Williams Realty,
12150 E 96th St N, Owasso, OK 74055 ASAP. They will take the donations immediately to where they are needed!
(taken from the Oklahoma Women Bloggers Facebook page)
Accent Moving & Storage in Broken Arrow has donated a truck and we are collecting donations of water, toiletries, gently used clothing at Secret Gardens Candle Company 41st and Sheridan, 6540 East 41st Street from 10 am to 5pm today and tomorrow, in Tulsa to be taken to devastated areas on Thursday. Velvet Brown-Watts suggested people may need laundry baskets to keep items all in one place, baby formula, clothing and diapers, [etc.]
(taken from the Unintentional Urban Farmer)
ASCENT in Tulsa, OK (Cherry Street) is accepting donations for the Moore Tornado victims. UPDATE: At this time we are no longer accepting clothing!! The most urgent needs are: bottled water, trash bags, flashlights/batteries, dog food, baby products (diapers, formula, etc) and toiletries.
We’re also hearing that one of the most important things right now is a monetary donation (through American Red Cross or another reputable organization) or gift cards to Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, or Home Depot.
I know it’s hard to not give everything you can, but right now Moore’s main focus is locating all citizens and sorting through the rubble. All donations can be dropped off from 8:30am-6pm and will be taken daily to OKC. Call/Text 918.688.1585 or 918.794.0246 with any questions.
Drop Off Address:
1325 E. 15th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120
(taken from their facebook page)
Fishbonz Owasso –
We will be accepting donations for the victims of yesterdays tragedy and sending them with the Owasso police department..
OPD is in need of rain ponchos, socks asap. Also Toilet Paper, Gatorade, batteries- all sizes, Paper towels, plastic totes, heavy duty gloves, shovels, Baby Wipes
Snack Food – indiv. wrapped, Bottled Water, large Trash Bags. No clothing at this time please.
(from their facebook page)
Reasor’s is partnering with the Salvation Army to collect donations to help with disaster relief across central Oklahoma. Text the word “Storm” to 80888 to donate $10 and Reasor’s will match the first $10,000 donated. Also, starting today, all 17 Reasor’s locations throughout northeastern Oklahoma will begin collecting the most needed items, including: brooms, mops, gloves, buckets, hand sanitizer, shovels & rakes.
From a fellow Tulsa NaNo-ite –
Channel 2 is collecting water in brookside till 7 pm [May 21}; tsha on 11th near mingo is collecting for 3 deaf families and an interpreter’s family who lost their homes. TCC north east campus (harvard and apache) student services has a company taking donations as well
Oklahoma City/Norman/Moore area:
The JourneyChurch.tv is sheltering displaced persons, and needs supplies.
Help displaced pets find their owners with Moore Oklahoma Tornado Lost and Found Animals.
The University of Oklahoma is providing housing for families & their pets, and is also collecting donations, and is in need of volunteers.
McAlister’s Deli is giving free box lunches to volunteers (have no info on how many/for how long, though) ~ via Caitlin Hensley.
If you know of more places, please let me know. I will try to keep this list updated at least once a day the next few days.
You can use my Contact Me form, email me at rebekah dot loper at gmail dot com, or contact me on Facebook or Twitter (links in the right sidebar), or to leave a comment on this post.
I know there are some writer-related aid efforts being put together, and I’ll have more info on those later in the day.