Today, we are all Oklahomans, and we grieve the loss for these families and this town. Our hearts and prayers are with them.

If you're looking for ways to help residents of Oklahoma, ravaged by a monstrous tornado on Monday, May 20th, the following relief organizations are working in the area:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have begun delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK through a website called Safe and Well. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army's relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you're sending a check make sure you put the words "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse is responding to deadly twisters that pounded the Oklahoma City area. Two Disaster Relief Units were deployed from our North Carolina headquarters before dawn on Tuesday. One will be based in Moore, and the other in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Lutheran Church -  Missouri Synod Disaster Response

To support those in need:

  • Make an online gift at https://www.lcms.org/givenow/disaster.
  • Mail checks payable to "The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod" (with a memo line or note designating "LCMS Disaster Relief") to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.
  • Call toll-free 888-930-4438 (8:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday).