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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 22, 2013

Northwest offers ways to help victims of Oklahoma tornados

As the Northwest Missouri State University and Maryville communities look to reach out to victims of this week’s tornados in Oklahoma, the University invites people to consider a variety of ways to help those in need.

Emergency officials say a financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation. Monetary donations allow organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.

Northwest’s Office of Volunteer Services has provided the information below about agencies accepting donations toward the relief effort. For more information, contact Amy Nally, Northwest’s director of volunteer, service learning and civic engagement, at 660.562.1954 or 

American Red Cross

The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. Individuals may donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund by clicking here, and the organization suggests giving blood at the local hospital or blood bank. People who want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other mobile-based donations, the donation will show up on the user’s wireless bill or be deducted from the balance of a prepaid phone. Individuals must be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate via a mobile service; the donation may be canceled by texting the word STOP to 90999.

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year to help volunteers and staff reach key locations during disasters. These donations are not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift. For Delta, email with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate and specify the Red Cross as the charity. Individuals may donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles or by phone at 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

Central Oklahoma Humane Society

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is in need of towels, paper towels, bleach, gloves and crates to help with lost and injured animals. The organization is requesting financial donations to help treat and house lost and injured animals. Donations may be made online by clicking here and should be designated for the “OK Humane Disaster Relief Fund.” Donations also may be made by phone by calling 405.607.8991.

Feed the Children

Feed the Children has set up locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations and help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks. The organization also is supporting mobile canteens in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. You can donate online by clicking here or by calling 800.627.4556, or make a $10 donation by texting the word DISASTER to 80888.

United Way of Central Oklahoma

A disaster relief fund has been activated so individuals may donate to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts. According to the organization’s website, financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested. Donations may be made online by clicking here. Checks, with a notation of “May Tornado Relief,” also may be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.

Feeding America

Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to “feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks,” says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need in Oklahoma. It also will set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as needed. Individuals may donate online by clicking here or by calling 800.910.5524.

OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund

The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, has established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to assist with long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the tornados. Donations may be made online at or by phone at 405.236.8441.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, working with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is seeking monetary donations. To donate, visit the regional food bank’s website or call 405.972.1111, or give $10 by texting the word FOOD to 32333.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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