On May 20, 2013, a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, flattening neighborhoods, leveling schools and killing dozens of people, including children buried in the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary school. RYOT has started the Oklahoma Tornado Victims Fund to help those affected by this disaster. RYOT will cover all processing fees, so every cent will help this community rebuild their homes and lives. We’ll be working closely with only the best organizations in addition to working directly with the community to ensure the money is distributed in the most effective manner possible. See below for day-to-day updates on the distribution of funds.
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RYOT is starting off the fund disbursement by supporting the disaster relief efforts of Operation Blessing who are on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma coordinating volunteers, cleaning up debris and repairing damaged roofs. The RYOT Foundation has given $5,000 to provide $100 Home Depot gift cards to fifty families who were badly affected by the disaster, helping them purchase essential tools for the recovery effort. Operation Blessing coordinated more than 1,000 volunteers over Memorial Day weekend and is providing an average of 800 meals a day to victims and first responders.
The following shelters have been set up for the victims of the May 20 tornado:
University of Oklahoma – student housing (Norman)
Oklahoma Baptist University – student housing (Shawnee)
Graceway Baptist Church, located at 1100 S.W. 104th in Oklahoma City.
Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 S.W. 89th Street in Moore.
Victory Church, located 4300 North MacArthur in Oklahoma City.
Journey Church in Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road is open as a shelter.
Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 801 N.E. 5th St. Oklahoma City.
St. Andrews Church, located at S.W. 119th and May.
Trinity Church of the Nazarene is open as an emergency shelter. It is located at 7301 S. Walker, just on the north side of I-240.
Organizations/locations accepting in-kind donations
Local TV news affiliate NEWS 9 has published an amazing list of items needed, and where you can donate them.
Community Christian School Activity Center, 5300 N. Interstate Drive, Norman
Water, Gatorade, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Hand Towels, Work Gloves, Rubber Gloves, Clothing All Sizes, Hand Sanitizer, Snacks
Edmond Christian Church, 2800 E. Danforth Road at the corner of Danforth & Coltrane, Edmond
Accepting water, diapers, formula, baby wipes, work gloves, blankets, hand towels, batteries, Gatorade/Powerade, shovels, rakes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, individually wrapped snacks, etc. Please no clothes at this time. Doors will be open from 7:00 am-5:00 p.m. in the old building.
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma has several drop off sites:
1. The Goodwill Store in South Oklahoma City at 2109 S.W. 89th St. OKC, OK 73159
2. The Goodwill Store and Corporate Office at 1320 W. Reno Avenue OKC, OK 73108
3. The Goodwill Store in Stillwater at 811 S Main Street, Stillwater, OK 74074
4. The Goodwill Store and Attended Donation Centers in Norman at 151 S.E. 12th Ave. Norman, OK 73071
5. The Goodwill Attended Donation Center in Shawnee at 1027 N Harrison Shawnee, OK 74801
Grady Memorial Hospital
Checks should be made payable to the Grady Memorial Hospital Foundation. Receipts will be provided for each donation. All of the funds will be transferred to a relief agency in Moore. Non-perishable food items, diapers, baby food, gloves, blankets, flashlights, batteries and similar items will be accepted and transported to relief centers in the Moore area. These items can be dropped off in the hospital lobby where boxes will be available. The business office window will be open until 4 pm daily. Other items can be delivered up to 9 pm. Grady will be accepting items through Friday of this week.
Highpoint Church, 6810 N.W. 122nd Street, OKC
Water, Gatorade, Wipes, Individual Wrapped Snacks, Hand Sanitizer, Diapers, Baby Formula, Hand Towels, Work Gloves and Sunscreen. Call 405-722-1871 for more info. Or text the word- Highpointe – to 24587 to receive updates on disaster relief needs and volunteer opportunities.
Joe Cooper Ford of Shawnee, 2600 N. Harrison, Shawnee
Drop-off point for donations of nonperishable food items, clothing, water, etc. Items can be dropped off at the dealership from 8 am till 8 pm daily, except Sunday. Items will be distributed through local organizations. Please call 405-273-7701 for further information.
The Key Cars, 208 West I-240 Service Road (I-240 & Walker), OKC
Drop off cleanup supplies, water, and any other items the Red Cross is stating they need. No clothes please. Contact number: Tom Johnson 405-623-3625.
Lakehoma Church of Christ, 2124 W. St. Hwy 152, Mustang
Accepting donations of rescue supplies and personal items for those affected by the Moore tornado on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Lakeview Church of Christ in Bethel Acres
A group from Tennessee will be setting up with boxes of food, cleaning supplies, baby items, and teams of cleanup workers.
Legacy Crossing Apartments, 3131 S.W. 89th Street, OKC
Accepting donations for the relief at our front. Any questions please contact our staff at 405.717.0594.
Oklahoma State School Boards Association, 2801 N. Lincoln Boulevard, OK
Donations of money that will be distributed to the school districts impacted by the storms. Checks can be made out to OSSBA Tornado Relief Fund. All donations will go to the victims of these recent tragedies. Or donate: school supplies, canned goods, diapers, formula, soap, clothes, dog and cat food, sunscreen, trash bags, work gloves, insect spray, brooms, shovels, etc.
OSU, Parking and Transit Services, parking lot located at the corner Hall of Fame and Washington, Stillwater
Accepting donations Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Water, non-perishable food items, diapers, toiletries, snack foods, work gloves, Gatorade, sunscreen, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, shovels, rakes and buckets. No clothing. All donations to be given to the American Red Cross.
Victory Church, 4200 N. MacArthur, OKC
Opening doors for shelter and donations. We have food and water and clothes and toiletries. We also have blanket and pillows.
The WreckRoom, 2127 NW 39th, OKC
The LGBT community and others will be taking donations for shelters and Salvation Army at Noon Tuesday. Blankets, pillows, antibacterial soap, non-perishable food is accepted.
Lost animals: If you find displaced animals, you can take them to the Animal Resource Center at 7949 S. I-35 Service Rd. (405) 604-2892. They are also offering displaced people shelter for the night as well.