By now you’ve likely already heard about the horrible tragedy that occurred yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma (just outside of Oklahoma City.) A massive tornado struck the suburb, destroying cars, leveling houses and schools and leaving miles of debris in its 2-mile path. Sadly, over 50 people have been found dead so far in the aftermath of the storm, and at least 20 of them were children. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this; to everyone who lost their homes, businesses, and loved ones, and to everyone who called this town home.
We’d especially like to make a shout-out to the University of Oklahoma for stepping up in this time of need and opening up campus housing for families who have lost their homes and been displaced as a result of this storm. It’s always great to see colleges doing things for the greater good, especially in times as tragic as this. (Note: If you are in Oklahoma and need a place to go, you can call the school at 405-325-2511 for help.)
Given the level of damage, it’s likely to be a slow recovery and a long journey before things are better in Moore, OK. If you’re not in Oklahoma and you would like to help, we’ve rounded up some of the ways that you can contribute:
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is doing everything they can to set up shelters and help the victims of the storm. Also, Oklahoma residents can register on their site (click here) to let friends and family know that they’re safe. You can donate on their website, www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 as well.
Feeding America is sending truck-loads of water, food, and necessary supplies to victims of the storm. You can donate to Feeding America on their website, www.feedingamerica.org, or call 1-800-910-5524.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has sent disaster teams to the area to help those in need. You can donate here: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or via text. Just send STORM to 80888 to donate $10.
And to give you a little extra hope, one of the sweetest stories we’ve seen in a long time:
Featured photo credit: TIME