Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

The information below was provided to The Troth discussion group by Destiny Ballard of Bifrost Way, which is a Troth-affiliated kindred based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

We in The Troth wish to express our condolences to those who were impacted by the tornado, and we are grateful to have local members of The Troth and other Heathen groups actively engaged in relief efforts. We stand in solidarity with them in this time of crisis. May the gods and goddesses bless their work and bring comfort to those in need.

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Hail the List!

Writing to report that all known Troth members and extended heathen folk in Oklahoma have been accounted for and we are now regrouping and figuring out how to best help those in need. No one has suffered injuries or loss of property. There have been no reports of harm to extended family either.

Access to the affected areas is limited and local crews are asking for those wishing to extend their help to start with monetary donations and if within distance of a drop off point to offer assistance through donations of requested items for those who have been displaced.

Central Corridor Heathens has started a collection, which can be accessed here:

Text based monetray donations can be made here:
TEXT BASED DONATION INFORMATION: STORM to 80888 for The Salvation Army USA. REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross, or FOOD to 32333 for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Each text is for $10 charged to your phone bill.

For those in Oklahoma and surrounding areas Admiral Express is accepting donation of the following items only at these drop off points to be delivered to relief sites throughout Oklahoma:

Diapers
Bottled Water
Shovels
Buckets
Work Gloves
Heavy Duty Rakes
Heavy Duty Trash Bags
Wheel Barrows
Gatorade
Wet Wipes
Individually wrapped snacks
Hand Sanitizer
Sun Screen
Towels
Batteries
Flashlights

Tulsa/Broken Arrow
1823 N Yellowwood Ave, Broken Arrow, OK
918.249.4000

Oklahoma City
4020 Will Rodgers Pkwy, Oklahoma City, OK
405.942.6060

Joplin, MO
1122 N Illinois Ave, Joplin, MO
417.781.2343

Springfield, MO
1794-5 N Woodview, Nixa MO
417.429.2752

Springdale, AR
855 Clayton St Sguit B, Springdale AR
417.429.2752

FURTHER RESOURCES

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have begun delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK through a website called Safe and Well

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by tornadoes. Make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you're sending a check make sure you put the words "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157.

Operation USA

Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA announced it's providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse, which provided relief to residents of Moore after the devastating tornado in 1999, deployed two Disaster Relief Units from their North Carolina headquarters before dawn on Tuesday. One will be based in Moore, and the other in Shawnee. Samaritan's Purse is looking for volunteers to help with the relief effort.  You can donate online or by phone at 1-800-528-1980. To give by mail, please send donations to: Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

Save the Children

Save the Children is mobilizing staff to provide support, relief and recovery services to communities and families in Oklahoma. The organization is prepared to deploy their Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, creating safe play areas for kids. They are also ready to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials to support young children displaced from their homes. Text TWISTER to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children and help the response effort. You can donate online or call 1-800-728-3843.

Operation Blessing International

Operation Blessing International, a Virginia-based humanitarian group, is deploying to Moore, after working on tornado relief in Granbury, Texas, following last week's storm there.  A caravan of OBI emergency equipment was sent to Moore, including a construction unit, mobile command center, trucks full of tools and supplies, and a team of construction foremen. You can donate to the group online  or donate by phone at 1-800-730-2537.

Let us heal with good words carried forth into good actions,
Destiny 
Biforst Way Kindred

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