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In the midst of the chaos and destruction, we can bring beauty. Yesterday, I met a new friend. Elizabeth from New Jersey reached out to us as Oklahomans, saying that they wanted to help. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, people created beauty for them through giving and they wanted to do the same. Not only is she collecting items for donation, she also coordinating blog donations. If you think you can’t do anything, check that out.

The following is a list of ways you can respond to the tragedy in Oklahoma. These would be great tweets or status updates on Facebook or G+. As bloggers, lets channel our powers to bring beauty.

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DONATIONS:
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief
If you are looking for family members or are trying to let your family know you are safe you can visit Redcross Safe & Well and list yourself or look for someone. https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Text “FOOD” to 32333 to donate $10 to storm relief.
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) places 100% of your donation in the area in which you designate. None of it is used for administrative costs. https://secure3.convio.net/gbgm/site/SPageNavigator/umcor_donate.html?type=1002&project=901670&s_src=2013tornado901670
The Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma are tirelessly checking on each and every girl and her family. You can donate to help them assist them as they assist their girls. http://www.gswestok.org/donate/
Things people need–They may be taken to your favorite charity:Blankets
Bottled Water
Prepackaged, nonperishable/ready-to-eat foods, including baby formula
Diapers
Clothing (adult and children’s)
Batteries
Toiletries (Shampoo, soap, first-aid supplies, etc.)
Paper goods
Any unlisted item that you might find handy during a time without basic utilities or shelter.
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Here are the groups and some locations that are accepting donations:To donate blood or organize a blood drive, contact OBI at http://obi.org/, or call one of these locations:
Edmond: 3409 S. Broadway, Suite 300 | 405-475-0359
Central OKC: 901 N. Lincoln Blvd. | 405-278-3100
Midwest City: 1113 S. Douglas Blvd., Suite C | 405-737-7813
Norman: 1004 24th Ave. NW, Suite 101 | 405-364-2444
North OKC: 5105 N. Portland Ave. | 405-947-6621
Ardmore: 1420 Veterans Blvd. | 580-226-2220 • 1-800-299-2220
Enid: 301 E. Cherokee | 580-233-9323 • 1-800-299-9323
Lawton: 211 SW ‘A’ Ave. | 580-353-6451 • 1-800-299-6451
Tulsa: 4601 E. 81st St. | 918-477-0400 • 1-888-584-7557


Employees at CSL will be accepting item donations Tuesday (210 SW Texas Ave., Lawton, OK).

Red Cross is accepting monetary donations. Checks made payable to American Red Cross can be sent to: American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Dept. No. 96-0397, Oklahoma City, OK 73196-0397. For other ways to donate, call 228-9500 or go online to www.okc.redcross.org. To donate $10 via phone text message, text RED CROSS to 90999.

Samaritan’s Purse have a Text to Donate number: text SP to 80888 for a $10 donation to Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief. Msg and data rates may apply.—
The Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team is accepting donations. Team leaders said 100 percent of the money goes to disaster victims. Send donations to: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, 3800 N May, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. To make a donation online, go to www.bgco.org.

Salvation Army Donation Link to donate $10 via phone text message, Text STORM to 80888

Oklahoma Tornado Victims Relief Fund sponsored by Cumulus radio. Donate via Giveforward at http://bit.ly/10f5058

The Regional Food Bank providing meals to victims. http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/donate to donate $10 via phone text message, text FOOD to 32333
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News9 Donation Center – A donation center has been setup at News9 7401 N. Kelly OKC. They are looking for shovels, work gloves, boots, trash bags, dust masks, sunscreen, toiletries and above all cash donations. All goes to Red Cross
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Edmond Schools are now accepting donations

Edmond Memorial (1000 E 15th St Edmond, OK 73013) accepting Clothing

Tumbleweeds in Stillwater is now taking donations.

By George Tavern 901 NW 64th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 is now taking donations.

City Rescue Mission 800 West California Ave., OKC, is now taking donations.

19th Hole in Stillwater is now taking donations.

The Cimarron Alliance Equality Center at 5613 N May Ave. is taking donations.
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Shelter:
OCU is coordinating housing for displaced storm victims and needs items. Check their website.http://www.okcu.edu/relief/ocu-helps/
Red Cross Shelter and Reunification Site St. Andrews Church, SW 119 & S May.

A triage center has been set up at the Warren Theater in Moore for anyone who need to be treated for their injuries.

The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in housing and food for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511!
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Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 S.W. 89th Street in Moore is also open for anyone seeking help.

Victory Church, located 4300 North MacArthur in OKC is open for those who need help.

Journey Church in Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road is open as a shelter for anyone needing meals and a place to stay.

Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 801 N.E. 5th St. Oklahoma City is also open for those affected.

Resthaven Funeral Home on S.W. 104th and Western/Walker has water, bathrooms, and phones available for volunteers and victims.

Cranes or equipment are needed for any tornado damage, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors can provide equipment now. Contact Bobby Stem, AOGC, at (405)-520-1874.

Oklahoma Baptist University has opened up 160 dorm rooms FREE OF CHARGE for displaced tornado survivors. You’re to call the Presidents office or just show up and ask for the presidents office. Here are two numbers. 405-275-2850 or 405-878-2402

Harvest Norman Campus – 2800 W. Indian Hills Rd. has a shelter setup. Contact Pastor Scotty Haynes at 405-760-7732 or email russell.combs@harvestokc.com

Trinity Church of the Nazarene is open as an emergency shelter. It is located at 7301 S. Walker, just on the north side of I-240

City Rescue Mission has immediate shelter available for anyone who needs it! 405.232.2709 hope@cityrescue.org
If you would like to let people know, Journey Church which is in north Norman and just on the edge of moore (kind of) is sheltering people at the church. They are in need of blankets, food, clothes, zip lock baggies. The whole list can be seen here:http://journeychurch.tv/may-20-relief/
VOLUNTEERING: Please, PLEASE do not just show up and expect to work. Ask your favorite organization to assist you in finding volunteer time.
To offer manpower, go to https://moore.recovers.org/

A Red Cross training session for volunteers Tuesday at 10am or 2pm at the Red Cross Central Oklahoma office (601 NE 6th St, Oklahoma City, OK)
SHARING OUR TALENTS:
One dollar donation gets you a download from an Oklahoma boy in NYC. (His momma is blogger CD Jarmola). 100% of proceeds go to Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts. http://darkuj.bandcamp.com/
Brandi Thomason McNair, Oklahoma Blogger, has designed a beautiful necklace with all profits going toward Oklahoma tornado relief. http://bellavitajewelry.bigcartel.com/product/hope-for-moore
TALKING WITH YOUR CHILDREN:

Dr. Lisa Marotta, an Oklahoma Blogger and psychologist, offers this advice.

The Oklahoma City Memorial offers this advice.

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