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How Kansans can help Oklahoma tornado victims

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 9:14 a.m.

State and local relief efforts are still under way to help tornado victims in Moore, Okla.

Kansas emergency management officials have recommended that anyone wishing to contribute to the efforts give cash rather than goods.

Kansans should contact disaster-relief organizations of their choice, such as the American Red Cross ( www.redcross.org), Salvation Army ( www.salvationarmyusa.org) or United Way ( www.unitedway.org) or local organizations to find out how they can help.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, said that people who want to volunteer their time and services should go through official channels rather than act on their own.

A number of state and local businesses organizations are offering ways to help: Most suggest donating money, but some are asking for goods that they plan to deliver to Oklahoma.

•  The Salvation Army said money is the most crucial need in Moore. It encouraged donors to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

People also may text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through their mobile phone. Respond with the word “Yes” to confirm a gift.

Checks should be designated to “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” and be mailed to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

A team of ministers and volunteers from the Salvation Army Kansas and Western Missouri Division left Tuesday to provide spiritual and emotional care to survivors, first responders and the Moore community.

•  The American Red Cross-Midway Kansas Chapter also urged people to send money rather than goods.

Donations may be made by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (733-276-2767), or by visiting redcross.org.

People also may text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations also may be sent or delivered to the Red Cross office in Wichita, 1900 E. Douglas, 67214.

Checks may be designated for “Oklahoma Spring Storms 2013” or “Disaster Relief.”

•  The United Way of the Plains directed people who want to make financial contributions to the United Way of Central Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund. That fund may be reached through the website unitedwayokc.org or by calling 405-235-3534. Funds also may be sent to the Wichita office at 245 N. Water, Wichita, 67202. Checks with the memo “Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund” will be forwarded to the Oklahoma fund.

The organization said that no administrative fees will be charged, and 100 percent of each gift will go to disaster recovery assistance.

•  GracePoint Church said it will accept monetary donations through the week. Donations are being accepted at www.gracepointchurch.tv by clicking on the Support Moore Oklahoma banner. Checks may be made payable to “Kansas Tornado Relief” (memo: Moore tornado).

A delegation of church leaders and volunteers planned to take a truckload of supplies donated at the church, where they will work with local churches to help survivors.

•  Star Lumber and DalTile & Stone, which have facilities in Oklahoma City that were spared direct damage, have combined to collect clothing, blankets, food and water. They will deliver the donations to a Red Cross location in the Moore area.

Donations may be dropped off at the DalTile Warehouse, 2012 S. Edwards; Star Lumber West, 325 S. West St.; or Star Lumber East, 2621 N. Greenwich Road.

•  Clinic in a Can is sending a medical clinic to Moore. The organization, an offshoot of Wichita-based nonprofit Hospitals of Hope housed inside a converted 20-foot shipping container, also is seeking volunteer medical professionals to work in the clinic in Moore. Volunteers can call Daniel White at 316-262-0953.

The organization accepted donations of new medical wound-care supplies through Audacity Church on Tuesday. It plans to deliver the supplies to the clinic in Moore on Wednesday.

For more information, call 316-262-0953 or visit www.clinicinacan.org.

•  Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, 117 N. Mosley, will accept donations of goods for Moore from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Heroes’ staff is asking for items such as clothing, non-perishable food items, pet food, batteries, diapers, and baby formula. Staffers and patrons plan to drive trucks filled with the donated goods to Moore.

• Rusty Eck Ford, 7310 E. Kellogg, is asking for donations such as bottled water, wipes, baby items, hygiene products, flashlights and batteries. Donations will be accepted during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will be delivered to Moore.

• One Spark, 725 E. 10th St. North, is accepting bottled water, hygiene products and other items. It planned to deliver one load of donated items to Moore on Wednesday and another Saturday. It will take any donated clothing to Moore on Saturday.

• Kansas Truck Driving School, 2938 S. Minneapolis, is accepting items such as bottled water and cleaning and hygiene products all week for delivery to Moore. Donations may be made at the school weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Project SOS (Support Our Students) is accepting donations until 2 p.m. Thursday of gently-used clothing, toys, books, and personal care items to be delivered to Oklahoma. Drop off sites include the CMN/Via Christi Foundation office, 1156 S. Clifton; Cherry Berry, 737 N. Maize Road ; Star Lumber, 2621 N. Greenwich; GraceMed, 1122 N. Topeka; Butler Community College, 715 E. 13th St, Room 5201, Andover; Travel Junkie, 4601 E Douglas, and Auto Masters, 2222 N. Hoover Rd.

• Keller Williams Signature Partners, at the Waterfront Offices at 13th Street and Webb Rd., is accepting donations of items such as water, hygiene supplies, non perishable food, baby items, first-aid kits, trash bags, and work gloves. Donated items will be delivered late Thursday or Friday to the Salvation Army in Norman, OK.

Drop-off hours at Keller Williams are Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon. Drop-offs may be made on the west side at the Flying Moose, 9223 W. Kellogg..

•  CrossFit Wichita, 535 S. St. Francis, will be collecting items until Saturday to take down to Moore. They are asking for items such as water, diapers, and cleanup items..

•  Wichita Softball will hold a softball tournament at West Side Athletic Fields on Sunday. The entry fee is a donation of cash or goods such as clothing, food, water, shovels and other items to be deliver to Oklahoma. Contact Damien Sandoval 316-573-3155, or Matt Howard, 316 491-3265 for information about the tournament.

• Outreach, Inc. will host a food-packaging event on Saturday in El Dorado to pack Macaroni and Cheese dinners for delivery to Moore through the Salvation Army of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 430 Eunice St., El Dorado.

To donate, text "Outreach" to (641) 243-4341 on a mobile phone, or visit www.outreachprogram.org

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, email isaac@outreachprogram.org., or call or text Isaac McNary (316) 461-0512.

• Dillons customers may donate at check-out stands during their regular shopping trips at all Dillons stores in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through June 8.

Dillons, which is partnering with the Red Cross and KAKE News, is offering three ways to make a donation: Customers may round up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar at the check-stand, make a $5 or $10 donation, which will added to the grocery order at the check-stand, or donate any change or bills at check-stand coin boxes

Kroger Family of Stores will match contributions up to $50,000.

•  Andover Middle School , 1628 N. Andover Rd., is taking donations of bottled water, baby items, blankets, work gloves, and other items Wednesday night before 7 p.m., or any time Thursday.

• Gorges Motor Company, 2660 S. Oliver, will host a citywide prayer vigil and service at 4 p.m. Saturday with Andover Baptist Church and Crossroads Christian Church.

Gorges also has organized a donation drive with other businesses, and will take donated items to Moore. Drop-off sites include KCTU-TV, 2100 E. Douglas; Planet Fitness locations at Central and Woodlawn, 21st Street North. and Amidon, and 23rd Street North and Maize Rd.; Tipsy Cakes, 215 S. Shefford Ct.; Andover Baptist Church, 1043 S. Andover Rd., and Creative Paradise, 415 Industrial Park, Goddard.

Gorges is asking for clean-up supplies such trash bags, trash containers and shovels.

Gorges offers free pick-up service for those with items to donate who can’t get to the drop-off sites. Call 316 695- 2201, or e-mail dhenderson@gorges.com.

• Dopps Chiropractic Clinics are accepting donations at all 14 locations through June 13. The most needed items include trash bags, gloves, shovels, bleach, plastic trash cans, food, water, and baby items.

Visit doppsonline.com to find the drop-off locations and lists of other items to donate.

Contributing: Matt Riedl, Kelsey Ryan and Brent Wistrom of The Eagle

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