Claremore Daily Progress

May 21, 2013

UPDATE: How you can help the recovery

Local groups staging collection sites to help Moore recovery

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Several local organizations are pulling together to collect items to assist survivors from the Moore tornado.

Will Rogers Masonic Lodge

The Will Rogers Masonic Lodge is enlisting the community’s help to provide items for the victims of the Moore tornado.

Lodge members will be accepting donations from 2:30 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at 102 S. Cherokee, according to Tom Pilgrim, Senior Warden.

Pilgrim said any monetary donations will be matched by the Mason Charity Foundation.

He suggested toiletries and non-perishable food as items tornado survivors could use.

Rotary Club accepting donations

Rotary Club District Governor John Williams has authorized a coordinated effort for Rotary District 6110, coordinating all contributions into one place. He has authorized Medical Supplies Network, Inc., (MSNI), to be the coordinating agency for disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.

All donations by clubs and / or individuals can be sent to:

Medical Supplies Network, 1123 South Erie, Tulsa, OK 74112. 

Checks need to be made payable to MSNI-Disaster Relief, Oklahoma. Those wishing to use PayPal or credit cards can do so by going to www.msni.org and clicking the appropriate link.  All contributions are tax deductible. An acknowledgement letter for tax purposes will be sent to clubs and individuals making contributions.

Once funds are collected the funds will be passed to either a Rotary Club or organization set up to work with the relief efforts.

Claremore First United Methodist Church

Claremore FUMC is accepting money donations for Moore relief and rebuilding through the Oklahoma Conference Disaster Response Ministry. Donated funds can be made in person during Sunday’s services or anytime at okumcministries.org. 

Money gifts can also be mailed to the Conference Treasurer’s Office, 1501 NW 24th Oklahoma City 73106. Checks should include 2013 May Tornado Relief on the memo line. For more information call 918-341-4580 or visit claremorefumc.org.

Solid Rock Realtors

Michael Urie with Solid Rock Realtors is coordinating a site at 422 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. to receive items for the Moore storm survivors. Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday.

Urie said items requested include: tarps, flashlight batteries, 1 gallon jugs of water and work gloves. He also said diapers and formula are needed.

BancFirst Fund

BancFirst, in association with the Moore Ministerial Alliance, has established a relief fund for the victims of the Moore tornado.  BancFirst has contributed $25,000 to the effort. Kevin Clarkson, Pastor of First Baptist Church Moore will administer the fund.  

Oklahomans may go to any BancFirst location across Oklahoma to make contributions. Checks should be made payable to the Moore Ministerial Alliance dba Moore Tornado Relief Fund.  For a list of statewide BancFirst locations visit the bank’s website, www.bancfirst.com

American Red Cross

Persons wishing to assist in relief and recovery efforts in Moore may donate directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund online at www.redcross.ort/charitable-donations, or by contacting their local American Red Cross.

Rogers/Mayes/Craig County branch of the American Red Cross is located in Claremore at 400 West Will Rogers Boulevard. Please call first for more information or to make donation arrangements.

The Rogers/Mayes/Craig County American Red Cross can be reached by phone at (918) 343-1803.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief

Oklahoma Baptist relief teams are assisting with relief and recovery efforts. Donations can be made by visiting www.bgco.org/donate.

Tulsa Community Foundation Fund

Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation’s largest community foundation, has established the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund for those who are interested in supporting our friends in the areas devastated by the tornadoes of the past two days. Funds raised will be focused on the mid- and long-term community redevelopment efforts to rebuild lives and homes in the devastated areas. This fund already has a head start toward success with a lead gift of $100,000 from George Kaiser Family Foundation.

 Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.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.