Information on how to send support to the Midwest

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The Red Cross is providing shelter, food and relief supplies to people in Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. You can donate directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund online or by texting ‘redcross’ to 90999. Texting a donation, to the Red Cross will charge $10 to your cellphone plan. The organization is also encouraging donors to give blood at their local hospital or blood bank.

The Salvation Army Disaster Response Units plan to serve three meals a day in the areas hardest hit by the tornado. You can donate online or by texting ‘storm’ to 80888 which will also appear as a $10 charge on your cell bill.

Feed the Children: the Oklahoma City-based children’s advocacy group is collecting monetary donations to support tornado relief. Donations can be made online; according to feed the children, $50 will buy 375 pounds of relief supplies.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma voluntary organizations active in disaster: the two local organizations are soliciting donations for joint clean-up efforts. You can contribute online or by texting ‘food’ to 32333.

Operation USA: the L.A.-based relief agency is sending emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies to hard-hit areas. Monetary donations can be made online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or by texting ‘aid’ to 50555. Operation USA is also soliciting businesses for bulk quantities of disaster supplies and united and continental air miles.

Thanks for anything you can do.