How You Can Help Oklahoma Tornado Relief

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Oklahoma Tornado Relief
There are several ways for you to help the victims in Oklahoma and Tornado Relief Efforts.

Red Cross Disaster Relief Fundhttp://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 Fundhttp://www.ok.gov/okstrong/

United Way of Central Oklahomahttp://www.unitedwayokc.org/

Salvation Armyhttp://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf - You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.

AMERICAREShttp://www.americares.org/?linkid=donationlogo/

Samaritan’s Pursehttp://www.samaritanspurse.org/

For Animalshttp://www.okhumane.org/

REMEMBER: 

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 NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting theNational Association of State Charity Officials.

 

 

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Local News.