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Blondie
May 21st, 2013, 09:20 PM
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I have been trying to find out how and where to get some prayer quilts out to those in OK. I found some articles online for donations - of course it is for the urgent needs that will continue on.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20130521/NEWS01/305210101/How-to-help

And don't forget the Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse. Samaritans Purse left N.C. this morning with two big rigs on their way to Moore.

Also, there is a facebook page set up with updates:
https://www.facebook.com/MooreOKTornadoInfo?hc_location=stream

If anyone here knows of how to get some quilts, animals blankets, whatever, let me know. I understand the need for the food and clothing - this is the most important obviously.

My heart is just broken over all my eyes have taken in and I know the rest of the country is as well. I am so encouraged by how many have already arrived to help in the clean up and comfort. Oh how I wish I lived closer. I don't think I would be able to sit down or sleep.

Prayers continue for this tragic event.

Be safe, dear ones.

shannonsaulter
May 21st, 2013, 10:09 PM
I donated to red cross today...I have a friend who moved from ok to tex a few weeks ago due to military and all her friends in ok lost everything just devastating...I'll stick with earthquakes...my prayers and thoughts are with them...

alliek
May 21st, 2013, 10:23 PM
The red cross is an awesome organization. When you don't know where to focus your donations they are always a great place. My DSIL is a volunteer and packs up at a moments notice to go and help and counsel. Her last assignment was "Sandy". My heart is just torn for these people and besides prayer and monetary donations I too wish there was a way to reach out further.

Mary Ruth
May 21st, 2013, 11:25 PM
Two transport trucks (18 wheelers) left North Alabama today carrying food, personal care necessities, blankets and new clothing. Tomorrow a convoy of volunteers will follow. Local leaders of various groups/churches here coordinated with emergency services there to be certain that folks with appropriate skills were traveling to the disaster area.

My prayers are the best help I can give. I hurt for the loss of human life and the anguish of those suffering. I did volunteer to go as an aid to resuce workers (keep the coffee hot, blankets warm, and food ready) but my oncologist said NO WAY. I have done this before but I was left behind this time. Blessings to everyone who is helping and praying.

auntiemern
May 22nd, 2013, 01:28 AM
Will donate thru the SA and RC for now. As soon as you know how and where to send a quilt or two let me know. Prayers continuing for all those affected.

Tamara J Liddell
May 22nd, 2013, 01:38 AM
Bonnie Hunter posted this one and then I found the Layers of Hope in my feed.. So I am posting both of them..
I know Layers of Hope has an address in their feed..

This is from Ellen Medlock of the Ellen Medlock Studio Store in Tulsa, OK.

"I am honored to start a QUILT DRIVE for OKLAHOMA Tornado Families. If you wish to donate a quilt, please send to our shop- and we will make sure it is placed in the right hands!

Ship to:
OK Quilt Drive,
c/o Ellen Medlock Studio Store,
10032 S. Sheridan Rd, Suite H-1,
Tulsa, OK 74133. (We will be happy to place any kind of blanket, for that matter!)"

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Layers-Of-Hope-Quilting-911/401592493230782?hc_location=stream

bkthomas
May 22nd, 2013, 03:07 AM
Watch this - AMAZING!!!!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=603147366362888

Blondie
May 22nd, 2013, 06:09 AM
Thanks everyone. In reading more last night here on the forum after I posted this, I read about previous quilts from Joplin tornado being tossed. So sad.

I realize that now is not really the time to send quilts. I am definitely going to be making some for a future time in sending.
I generally give to Salvation Army and in the past have given to RC as well. This time I am focusing my attention on Samaritans Purse and SA.

deedum
May 22nd, 2013, 08:56 AM
I made my donation last nite to RC for OK. It is such a terrible devastation that my heart goes out to everyone. I don't have anytime right now to make a quilt and cash is always welcome. If we can do something, anything, it will help. I am sure quilts will so welcome and just think of the love they would receive with them.

MayinJerset
May 22nd, 2013, 10:13 AM
As I learned in 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy quilts aren't needed at first but are very welcome when people get into some sort of housing. Finding a group or groups who are getting people back on their feet is where our quilts can go at a later date.

Immediately after Sandy local and national relief groups took over for food, ice, clothes. I donated quilts I had collected to a local church Food Pantry who worked with individal people and families. Some quilts were given to SA but they weren't put out in the open but were given again to people and families who really needed them for their repaired or new living spaces.

WendyI
May 22nd, 2013, 10:26 AM
I have a friend who lives in NJ...her family lost everything in Sandy...she is adamant that people do not donate to Red Cross...apparently the money never gets to those who need it most. I'm not sure why she feels that way at all but she just posted this on FB yesterday, so I thought I would share her thoughts.

I know that others have had good experiences with RC but I thought I would share hers because she was so insistent that people donate through other avenues. I'm looking for places around here that are doing things...the Mennonite Relief Fund is big here so I'm sure they will be doing something.

Doloris
May 22nd, 2013, 10:33 AM
when my son's house burnt down ( to the ground, total loss) everyone BUT the red cross stepped in and helped him. Even a church that was next door to his house that he didn't attend. He even tried to contact the local person for the RC and she never returned his phone calls. He even went to her office and she was "never there". Kinda soured me on the RC too.

auntiemern
May 22nd, 2013, 03:24 PM
I am always leary about donating to RC. The reason being is I read at one tie that around 80% of donations go to 'administrative' costs. Sad but true. I have already donated to SA though for Oklahoma relief. May send small amount to RC, but not sure yet. When the time is right to send quilts I will be on board with that.

Blondie
May 22nd, 2013, 03:32 PM
My Daddy always said that the RC was there for photo ops. He saw it first hand during WWII and afterwards. That is one reason I generally give to the Salvation Army. Their commanders are not getting huge salaries and generally what is donated stays within that specific community. I know of many folks first hand who have received help from them over the years. I also don't really patronize Goodwill stores unless I am looking for something specific and can't find it at any other thrift. I mean, good golly miss molly, have you seen their prices lately? I could shop at Wally world for less!

All that said, there are local churches and other community centers that will make sure folks get what is donated. I like Samaritans Purse partly because they are from NC and partly because of Billy Graham Ministries. Let's not forget Operation Blessing run through CBN - they were up north after Sandy immediately.

Whatever we give the Lord will multiply!

Blondie

Tamara J Liddell
May 22nd, 2013, 08:46 PM
http://www.okcmqg.com/2013/05/oklahoma-tornado-relief.html
Found this one also going through my feed on Facebook..

auntiemern
May 22nd, 2013, 09:28 PM
Word of warning. After disasters like this you must be aware of scammers. They will be coming out of the woodwork.

SallyO'Sews
May 23rd, 2013, 12:15 AM
So sorry to hear of others' bad experiences with the Red Cross. My dad told me the following story: During WWII, my dad was shot in Germany and sent to England for surgery and recuperation. When he was finally discharged, they told him he would be put on a transport ship back to the USA, but that he would have to make his own way back home to Texas once the ship docked in New York.

So Dad went to the local (London) RC office and asked if they would be able to loan him $40 in order to get home from New York. The lady behind the desk said, "We don't make loans to GI's." Dad thanked the lady for her time, and turned to go. "Just a minute, young man!" she said. "We don't make loans to GI's, but we do make gifts." And with that, she reached into a drawer and pulled out $40 and handed it to my dad. Dad continued to make donations through his local RC office at Christmastime for the rest of his life. Following 9/11, he called the local RC director and asked how they were doing. She said, "Well, because most of the donations we receive are earmarked for New York, our own chapter's income has gone down a bit." So Dad said, "Okay, well, can I request that my annual donation stay here locally?" She was most grateful.

So I'm thinking that as in many areas, the individuals with whom we deal can make all the difference, either positively or negatively. May we all follow the prompting of the Lord as we give; He knows what's needful, and will direct our giving if we ask Him to!

Blessings,
~ Sally \0/

sally
May 23rd, 2013, 01:28 PM
Watch this - AMAZING!!!!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=603147366362888

Everytime I see this I cry...It is good to see something good out of all the bad!

Jackiegross
May 23rd, 2013, 01:51 PM
I do not donate to RC. While my father in law was in France during WWII the RC were there to serve donuts, when the men lined up they were charged for stale donuts and warm coffee. My family in Tx has had very dissappointing dealings with RC after hurricanes and the loss of most of their things....no help...if it wasn't for the community and Coast Guard helping not much would have happened.

So sad.

Jackiegross
May 23rd, 2013, 10:47 PM
http://www.okcmqg.com/2013/05/oklahoma-tornado-relief.html

this is a website to contact to donate quilts to Oklahoma