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How You Can Help Oklahoma Tornado Relief
There are several ways for you to help the victims in Oklahoma and Tornado Relief Efforts.
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations
You can instantly send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message: text the word REDCROSS to 90999. The donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone.
OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund: http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/
United Way of Central Oklahoma: http://www.unitedwayokc.org/
Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf – You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
Samaritan’s Purse: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
For Animals: http://www.okhumane.org/
The Federal Trade Commission has guidelines about charity donations, including these tips:
- Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events, like the tornadoes.
- Ask if a caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization.
- Don’t give out personal or financial information — including your credit card or bank account number — unless you know the charity is reputable.
- Never send cash: you can’t be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won’t have a record for tax purposes.
- Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance,Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
- Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting theNational Association of State Charity Officials.