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OSU Family Responding to Oklahoma Tornadoes

NOW on OState.TV: David Neal and Brenda Phillips with the OSU Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events talks about the aftermath of this week's deadly tornadoes that raged across the state of Oklahoma and the best way to aid in the victims' recovery.  

The OSU Alumni Association is postponing its regularly scheduled OrangeBytes to bring OSU alumni and friends information on how they can help victims of Sunday and Monday's devastating tornadoes in Central Oklahoma.

As of 5:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office had reported 24 deceased victims. At least 237 people were injured and hundreds more have been displaced from their homes. The tornado that hit Moore Monday has been rated an EF-5.

The website safeandwell.org is listing survivors of the tornadoes for friends and family. KOSU is providing statewide coverage and live updates on its website KOSU.org.

The OSU family stands with all Oklahomans and is ready to lend our support. Below are several opportunities to help
. This list will be updated as needed at orangeconnection.org/tornado.
    National and Regional Relief Efforts
  American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing shelter assistance, and more than 25 emergency response vehicles have been dispatched in the area. They will also be sending in kitchen support trailers to provide meals to those forced from their homes.

Support: Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999, which will place a $10 charge on your cell phone bill. You can also donate at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

Feed the Children
Mission: Accepting cash donations and diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.

Support: Make cash donations at feedthechildren.org/disaster or by calling 1-800-627-4556.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Mission: The Regional Food Bank is coordinating efforts with other disaster relief agencies in our state to provide food and water for those in need.

Support: Text "FOOD" to 32333 to donate $10 with your cell phone. You can also give online or locate a drop off point at regionalfoodbank.org.
Salvation Army
Mission: The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams to the affected areas.

Support: Donations can be made to Salvation Army Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks. You can also donate at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok or by calling 1-800-725-2769.

United Way
Mission: The disaster relief fund has been activated, and individuals may give specifically to May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts. Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to partner agencies working tornado relief efforts.

Support: Donate at unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.

    Donate Blood

  Oklahoma Blood Institute
Mission: OBI is providing donated blood to patients in all metro-Oklahoma City hospitals and 140 others across the state.

Support: Locations of donor centers and mobile drives can be found at obi.org.

Metro-Area Blood Drives
Riverwind Casino | Wednesday | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lucky Star Casino, Concho | Thursday | 1 to 6 p.m.
Sugar Creek Casino | Thursday | 1 to 6 p.m.
FireLake Bowling Center | Friday | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Casino | Friday | 1 to 6 p.m.
Lucky Star Casino, Clinton | Friday | 1 to 6 p.m.
Remington Park Racetrack & Casino | Friday | 12 to 5 p.m.
Kickapoo Casino | Saturday | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Newcastle Casino | Saturday | 12 to 5 p.m.

    Oklahoma State University Relief Efforts

Items to Bring: Work gloves, dust masks, shovels, personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, diapers and hand sanitizer) and non-perishable food items that are ready to eat, including energy bars, granola bars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, etc., sports drinks such as Gatorade/Powerade and bottled water.
Dropoff Information: Campus Life Desk (second floor of Student Union) | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Wed., May 22 through Thu., May 23.

OSU College of Education
Dr. Sue Jacobs, associate professor in counseling psychology, shares a collection of online resources for those who are dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes in Oklahoma this week. Jacobs has been trained as a National American Red Cross Mental Health disaster worker. If you or someone you know needs support, she can be contacted at sue.c.jacobs@okstate.edu or 405-744-9895.

OSU-Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is reaching out to offer aid to animals affected by the recent tornadoes. Animal owners or referring veterinarians can call OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital in Stillwater at 405-744-7000 to make arrangements to have their animals treated. Donations to support this relief effort would be greatly appreciated and can be easily made online or by calling 405-385-5607.

OSU Parking and Transportation Services
Please join OSU Transit in stuffing THE BUS with donations for tornado disaster relief.
Items to bring: Water, non-perishable food items, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, Gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, shovels, rakes and buckets. Please no clothing.
Dropoff Information: Lot 26 at Hall of Fame and Washington in Stillwater | Tues., May 21 through Fri., May 24 | 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

OSU Institute of Technology
The Culinary Arts Division’s Future Chefs Association is preparing approximately 700 boxed lunches for Red Cross shelters serving the Moore tornado victims.
Items to Bring:
Donations will be collected Tuesday to help cover the cost of the lunches. We also need clothes, toiletries, and canned food to be delivered tomorrow, Wed., May 22 to the Salvation Army. 
Dropoff Information:
Culinary Building | By Wed., May 22 at 11 a.m. For more information, please contact the FCA Advisor Chef Bill Leib at 918-293-5015.

    OSU Alumni Relief Efforts

  Chicago Chapter
On May 24, the Chicago OSU Alumni Chapter teamed up with the OU Alumni Club to host a fundraising event to assist the Oklahoma tornado disaster relief.  The event was held at The Grid restaurant in Chicago and more than $7,000 was raised and donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma..

Cheyenne Watch Club
Dropoff Information: Donations are being accepted at Cheyenne Stitch, 2420 E. 7th St. For more information contact Steve Sears via email or by calling 307-634-0858.

Des Moines Chapter
Details will be posted at orangeconnection.org/tornado once they are finalized.

Houston Chapter
The Houston OSU Alumni Chapter will host a Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fundraiser on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please join us at BlackFinn American Grille, located at 1910 Bagby St.

Kansas City Chapter
A collection effort is underway and items will be delivered this Memorial Day weekend and possibly another date in June.
Items to Bring: For
"Operation Lovie" items needed include new blankets and stuffed animals to comfort babies and children. Additional needed items are pet supplies, food (dog/cat), animal beds, pillows, air beds and cots, shoes, socks, toiletries, plastic totes, ziploc bags, gluten free snacks, pre-packaged snacks, microwaves, diapers, baby wipes, work gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, sippy cups, baby snacks, bibs, pacifiers, baby soap, formula, diaper rash ointment, Neosporin, baby medicines, women’s underwear (larger sizes), teen bras, kids underwear, sports bras (all sizes), and reading glasses. Donations can include gift cards to Target or Walmart.
Dropoff Information: Individuals interested in donating can contact Teal Williams via email or by calling 913-579-9552.

New York City Chapter
The NYC Cowboys raised $1,700 for the Red Cross of Oklahoma through a happy hour fundraiser on Thurs., May 30 at Stillwater Bar & Grill.

Philadelpia Watch Club
The Philadelphia OSU Alumni Watch Club is hosting a tornado relief fundraiser to support their Oklahoma families and friends affected by the recent tornadoes. Join them for a happy hour on Thursday, May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. We will accept donations, and a wristband can be purchased for $10. Join us for a silent auction, and food and drink specials. Smiths Restaurant is located at 39-41 S 19th St. For more information, click here.

Pittsburg County Chapter
Items to Bring: 
Gloves, masks, shovels, tools, plastic tubs, formula, diapers, band-aids, toiletries, etc. PLEASE NO WATER OR PERISHABLE FOODS.
Dropoff Information:
Dottie’s/Studio 23 at 113 E. Choctaw, Panache at 23 E. Choctaw, or The Weekly Bargain Journal at 126 E. Choctaw. You may also bring donations to the McAlester Cowboy Caravan on Thurs., May 23 at Pete's Place in Krebs beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dottie’s at 918-426-3777.
Donation Pick Up: If you need donations picked up and delivered downtown, you can the MHS cheerleaders at 918-424-6653. Pick ups will take place beginning Wed., May 22 at 10 a.m.

Pottawatomie County Chapter
Dropoff Information: Dale Schools Cafeteria located at 300 Smith Ave. in Dale. For more information, email pottawatomie@orangeconnection.org.

Stephens County Chapter
Items to Bring: Cases or gallons of bottled water.
Dropoff Information:
 Duncan Chamber of Commerce | Tues., May 21 through Wed., May 22. All donations will be collected and delivered on Wednesday evening. For more information, please contact Lauren Ellis at United Way of Stephens County by calling 580-255-3648 or Laura Goldring with the Stephens County Chapter at 580-467-3860.

Tucson Watch Club
Items to Bring:
Click here for a full list of items needed. Both funding and supplies are needed to assist the Oklahoma victims. Volunteers are also needed to assist with sorting and packaging supplies to send to the affected areas. Monetary donations can safely be made on our website at worldcare.org or at any of the locations listed below.
Dropoff Information: World Care at 3538 E. Ellington Place | Any A Family Discount Storage location > 17 Locations | Zanes Law & Associates location > 3 Locations. For more information, contact World Care at 520-514-1588.

Tulsa Chapter
Dropoff Information: 
Nabholz Construction at 10319 E 54th St. For more information, call 918-632-7200.

Washington, D.C. Chapter
The Washington D.C. OSU Alumni Chapter has joined forces with other Oklahoma organization to support their Oklahoma families and friends affected by the recent tornadoes. Join them for a fundraiser at Union Pub on Thurs., May 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A $20 donation is suggested at the door, and Union Pub will donate 15% of all sales to the Red Cross in Oklahoma. Union Pub is located at 201 Massachusetts Ave., NE. For more information, click here.

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