As we watch yet another national tragedy unfold with the tornado that swept through and ravaged Oklahoma on Monday, many Americans are left wondering what they can do to help.
As of right now the death toll stands at 24, including nine children, with thousands more displaced from their homes.
So what can you do? As the USA Today reports, the following are a few of the trusted relief organizations currently working in the area. Donations to any of them would be greatly appreciated:
American Red Cross
On top of their regular relief shelters and food delivery throughout the area, The Red Cross is also working with Safe and Well to help put loved ones back in touch.
To donate: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the organization, donate online here or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As one of the first disaster response teams on the ground in any emergency, the Salvation Army can use every last dollar for its relief efforts.
To donate: Help out online here, or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10. Phone donates can be made at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or you can send a check to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.
This LA-based international relief agency will be providing aid to health organizations throughout Oklahoma.
To donate: Click here to donate online, or dial 1-800-678-7255. You could also text AID to 50555 to donate $10, or mail a check to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Of course, times like these remind us of how important it is to make charity a regular part of our budgets all year round. The LearnVest Money Center lets you create a budget for free and includes a folder for “Charity.” Whether it’s a big donation at the end of the year or a monthly pledge, we recommend setting aside money each month for charity. Find more tips on charitable giving here.
The Oklahoma tornado also reminds us how powerful an emergency savings account can be. Every little bit of savings can help when something unexpected occurs. Check out the seven reasons you need an emergency fund here, as well as the five ways to get one started.