American Red Cross, Salvation Army, OBI among organizations supporting Moore tornado victims

Victims and families of victims of Monday's deadly tornado that ripped through much of Moore are still picking up the pieces of what the storm left behind.

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There are a number of ways those in the Tulsa area can help through local and national organizations.

Red Cross Oklahoma has made a website available to help connect those missing in the wake of the storm.

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People can donate to the Red Cross relief effort on http://redcross.org or by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.

Oklahoma Blood Institute officials say the state's blood supply is currently "adequate," but the supply will need to be replenished. Donors -- specifically those with O-negative and Rh-negative blood types -- are needed.

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Tulsa donors can go to 4601 E. 81st St. just west of Yale Avenue. Appointments are not required but can be made at www.obi.org or by calling 1-877-340-8777 toll-free.

Salvation Army is accepting donations. Items the organization is requesting include:

- Bottled water
- Gatorade
- Wipes
- Diapers
- Baby formula
- Hand towels
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Work gloves

The organizations will not accept clothing donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army Tulsa Headquarters, 924 S. Hudson. Donations may also be made by phone at 1-800-725-2769 or online. 

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Financial donations can be made, as well. To make a $10 donation text "STORM" to 80888.

Reasor's Foods will also be collecting those same items at all of their Tulsa locations. The company has also announced it will match up to $10,000 of Salvation Army donations.

Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) has established the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund for those devastated by the tornadoes of the past two days.

Fund raised will be focused on the mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild lives and homes in the devastated areas.

TCF will work with Oklahoma City-area community foundations and nonprofits to distribute the funds that donors give to this important effort. 

Contributions can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. On the homepage, click the main banner to donate now. Donations can also be mailed to TCF, 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136. 

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association has set up a drop-off site for needed items for the victims.

OSSBA is specifically requesting:

Donations for School Supplies

- Bottled water
- Gatorade
- Wipes
- Diapers
- Baby formula
- Hand towels
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Work gloves - Notebook paper
- Markers
- Crayons
- Glue (botlle and glue stick)
- Backpacks
- Pens and pencils
- pencil sharpeners
- Erasers
- Highlighters
- Dry-erase markers
- Construction paper
- Copy paper
- Binders
- Rulers
- Tape
- Art supplies
- Gym supplies
- Desks
- Computers

Other Supplies
- Canned goods
- Diapers
- Dog and cat food
- Work gloves
- Toothbrushes
- Toothpaste
- Deodorant
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby wipes
- Formula
- Soap
- Sunscreen
- Trash bags
- Inspect spray
- Brooms
- Shovels

OSSBA offices are located at 2801 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, 73105.

Monetary donations will be distributed to the school districts impacted by the storms. Checks can be made out to OSSBA Tornado Relief Fund.

Be sure to ask your church congregations and local community representatives of other ways you can donate.

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