Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the violent storms.  In light of the devastation and loss of life that our Oklahoma community has experienced we ask that you join us in praying for the many victims in our metro area.  

How to help? 

The events of the past few days have been devastating to many.  Everyone wants to help and everyone is also busy on campus with activities of the last week of school.  It is difficult to sort through all the options of how you can best and easily contribute to the relief efforts so Casady is offering a simple opportunity to help.

Look for a dark Sequoia in the LD parking lot from 8:00am to 8:30am TOMORROW &THURSDAY mornings.  We will be on hand gathering donations for the Moore tornado disaster relief.  Pick up something from the list below then swing through the lot after drop off.   We will then deliver the load over to the Salvation Army pick-up spot immediately.  Here is what they need right now:

·         Bottled water
·         Bottled Gatorade
·         Individually wrapped snacks
·         Sunscreen
·         Diapers
·         Baby Formula
·         Wipes
·         Work Gloves
·         Shovels
·         Hand sanitizer
·         Hand towels/work towels

Ace Hardware, by the way, on Britton next to campus said they have plenty of stock in work gloves and shovels and it is easy to swing into their store before you get into the carpool line.

Several nonprofits are collecting donations for tornado victims. Many indicated that financial donations are preferred over supplies. 

Moore Recovers: https://moore.recovers.org/

The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation, spokesman Ken Garcia said.
Garcia said the donations allow the Red Cross purchase needed supplies.
Those who are looking for family members can visit www.safeandwell.org, Garcia said. Local Red Cross units will be dispatched throughout the damaged area.

The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams.
Donations can be made to:
• The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks.
• Donate by phone: (800) 725-2769
• Donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok

Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick.
Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
Feed The Children is coordinating with other organizations and authorities at the scene to deliver disaster supplies as requests are received.
Cash donations to help with relief efforts can be made by phone at 800-627-4556 or online at www.feedthechildren.org/disaster.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity.
Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged.
Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.

With Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams already responding to severe weather from Sunday in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe, Oklahoma Baptists are assisting with recovery efforts from the tornado that hit Moore.
Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO's Disaster Relief ministry, by visiting www.bgco.org/donate or calling 942-3800. All money go toward disaster relief and helping victims. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists' blog at www.okdisasterhelp.com.

Donors to the Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all metro-Oklahoma City hospitals and 140 others across the state.
Presently, the state's blood supply is adequate to meet the needs of patients in all hospitals caring for victims of the Moore tornado.
Since there is no substitute for blood, the supply constantly needs to be replenished. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health can generally donate blood. Those with O-negative and Rh-negative blood types are most needed.
Locations of donor centers and mobile blood drives can be found at www.obi.org.
Additionally, 10 casinos in the Oklahoma City metro area will host blood drives later this week:
• Riverwind Casino: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
• Lucky Star Casino, Concho: 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday
• Sugar Creek Casino: 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday
• FireLake Bowling Center: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
• Grand Casino: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday
• Lucky Star Casino, Clinton: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday
• Remington Park Racetrack & Casino: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday
• Kickapoo Casino: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
• Newcastle Casino: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund, so individuals may give specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts.
Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts.
To donate, go to www.unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.
For more information, please contact Karla Bradshaw at (405) 235-3534 or kbradshaw@unitedwayokc.org.

Tulsa Community Foundation
Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation's largest community foundation, has established the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund. This fund has received a lead gift of $100,000 from George Kaiser Family Foundation. Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.

Goodwill of Central OK is accepting donations as well as distributing clothing to those affected yesterday. For more information or to sign up to volunteer www.okgoodwill.org They are scheduling volunteers to sort clothing, etc and working with the Red Cross to assist with the distribution of 3 days of clothes per person.
From Staff Reports