Since yesterday evening we have been glued to the radio in our car and various news programs on our TVs for updates on the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma yesterday, May 20, 2013. This morning our team came together and decided we wanted to do something about it. We have run school fundraisers in Moore, Oklahoma with Winding Creek and Applecreek Elementary plus we have worked with numerous clubs and organizations in the area affected by the storms. Today we are launching a campaign to support these schools and the community with an online fundraiser, plus we are providing additional ways you can support those affected by the tornado.
You are invited to shop online at the Mixed Bag Designs Online Store. At the top of any page click on “ENTER FUNDRAISER ID” or make sure the number 227369 is added the Fundraiser ID#. At checkout, you can verify that this number 227369 is in the School/Fundraiser ID# field when you review your order. Mixed Bag Designs is donating 40% of all purchases with the ID#227369 to the Moore School District.
For additional ways to support we have compiled a list of organizations and websites dedicating to offering support and emergency care.
The Red Cross – The “safe and well” website is available to those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones in the area, and shelters are being opened as well. Here is a list of available shelters in the Moore, Oklahoma area:
You can donate online to the Red Cross or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. The Little Axe Resource Center is currently providing meals to those in need. In Shawnee, meals are being served at the Shawnee Expo Center at 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74804.
For anyone wishing to contribute outside the US, visit the Red Cross International Website: Red Cross International
Team Rubicon – Team Rubicon engages hundreds of military veterans as a unique nonprofit that serves as a disaster relief organization. Initial assessment teams are going to be in the area Tuesday morning. To support or join this organization, visit their website: Team Rubicon: Volunteer
AmeriCares – This organization is a non-profit emergency response group and global health organization. They deliver medical and humanitarian aid to those in need. To donate or volunteer with this group, visit their page: www.americares.org
Operation USA – This relief agency in providing aid in the Oklahoma area. Corporations are encouraged to donate bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies. Donate by texting AID to 50555 or visit their website directly to donate: www.opusa.org
The Salvation Army – Salvation Army is working hard to provide food, water, and support. You can contribute to the Salvation Army by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by texting “STORM” to 80888 to make an automatic $10 donation. Also, you can help through their website: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
Feed the Children – This group is sending supplies to families and children in need, and you can help by making a donation at their website: Feed the Children Donation Page
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – This group has partnered with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and asks the public to support rescue and recovery efforts with cash donations: Donate to the Regional Food Bank
Giving Blood – The need for blood always increases with disasters like this. The Oklahoma Blood Institute team says they are in particular need of O-negative and Rh-negative blood types. For those in the Oklahoma area, here is a map of locations to donate blood: Blood Donation Locations Map
For those outside the area, donate to your local blood bank to help replenish the national supply. Find a location close to you by visiting the Red Cross website.
Help Injured/Displaced Pets: The Oklahoma Humane Society is working to treat and shelter animals affected by the storms. Contribute with a donation to help their efforts: www.okhumane.org