Wonderful way to start my day. However, a total first world problem compared to what happened in Oklahoma yesterday.
My friend was in Oklahoma City for work yesterday and one of her appointments had to cancel because his family was injured in the tornados. The devastation is unimaginable and the amount of help they are going to need financially is staggering.
So you know what gets my blood boiling, though? That both Senators from Oklahoma consistently vote against federal aid for disaster areas in other states. In fact, they recently were outspoken critics for helping the Sandy Victims. My Dad and Mom are both originally from New York and my Dad's side of the family still lives there. After Sandy, my Dad went to New York to help people rebuild for two months. When he came back he said it would be years before the area fully recovered. I can assure you, those people weren't looking for a handout, they just wanted shelter, food, and clothing. The people of Moore are in the same boat.
So I wonder if those same Senators are going to be singing a different tune today. Turns out yes. Also turns out Oklahoma is third in the nation in federal aid for disasters. Boy do politics and politicians irritate me with their hypcroasiy.
Luckily, I'm not a politician, hence why I can sleep at night with a clear conscious. That and I have the common sense to know when a weather disaster hits, people need help. So I thought I'd share some links to organizations helping Oklahoma.
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will "go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters." It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website.
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City. Supporters can donate online via the organization's website, SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site. "Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested." Donations can be made online at United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. Donations may be made online here.
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, and will also "set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed." You can donate online here.
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is "readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover. You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555.