NORMAN — Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is challenging the community to provide long-term aid for storm victims by contributing to efforts that will provide many of these Oklahomans with homes.
Habitat is asking for donations that will go to meet the need of these families who will require safe, affordable places to live. Many uninsured or underinsured tornado victims may not be able to afford to rebuild on their own. Habitat will initiate construction on homes for these future Habitat homeowners within the next year, and the organization anticipates a great need for donations for an undertaking of this magnitude.
“It has been so heartening to see our neighbors coming together to respond so quickly to communities affected by this week’s storms,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, chairman and of CEO Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “We’re challenging the public to show a long-term commitment to rebuilding efforts by helping provide their fellow Oklahomans with one of life’s most precious necessities: a safe, affordable place to call home.”
Those interested in making a donation, volunteering or learning more about Habitat’s efforts are encouraged to contact Felton Gilliland (AnnFelton@cohfh.org), James Lamey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Christi Roney (Christi.email@example.com) or call (405) 232-4828. Secure donations can also be made online at www.cohfh.org by clicking “Donate to Oklahoma Tornado Victims.”
· Funds donated to the Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund will be used to aid students, families and staff of Moore Public Schools who were affected by the tornado. Make checks payable to: Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund. Checks can be mailed to Moore Public Schools Tornado Relief Fund, 1500 SE 4th St., Moore, OK 73160
· Those affected by the tornadoes of Moore, Bethel, Shawnee, Carney, Newcastle, Edmond and Prague areas who are in need of eyecare, glasses or contact lenses can visit an eyecare triage center at Graceway Baptist Church, 1100 SW 104th in Moore. Doctors, opticians and techs will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through May 31. Advanced Family Eyecare is accepting donations of used frames at 14000 Quailbrook Drive in Oklahoma City.
· All Goodwill location are accepting Red Cross donations. Visit 2211 W. Main St.
· Journey Church, near Tecumseh Road and Interstate 35, is accepting donations of personal items, clothing and items for the shelter which opened there Monday night.
· The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is asking for monetary donations to help relief efforts. Text 32333 to make a $10 donation or go to regionalfoodbank.org.
· Oklahoma Baptist relief teams are assisting with relief and recovery efforts. Donations can be made by visiting www.bgco.org/donate or by calling 042-3800.
· Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church, 200 W. Hayes, is collecting bottled water, baby diapers, baby formulas, baby and junior foods, trash bags, cleaning supplies), juices, foods not requiring cooking, clothing, paper products and toiletries.
· Tulsa Community Foundation has established the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund. Funds raised will be focused on community redevelopment efforts. The George Kaiser Family Foundation made a lead gift of $100,000 to the fund.
Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at TulsaCF.org. On the homepage, click the main banner to donate now. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
· Mission Norman, 2525 E. Lindsey St., will be a drop-off facility for any donations. The nonprofit will deliver items to areas in need.
· The Oklahoma PTA is accepting personal and bulk donations of basic relief items in new condition. A list of critically needed items is available at okpta.org. Items should be sent to the Oklahoma PTA office, 2801 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 214, Oklahoma City, where they will be processed and distributed to families in need via the Moore PTA Council’s food pantry.