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 atwww.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 websiteunitedwayokc.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.
said it will
accept monetary donations through the week. Donations are being accepted atwww.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.
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..
, 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..
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org., or call or text Isaac McNary (316) 461-0512.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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