Public Interest Board: Ways to help tornado victims

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The TU College of Law Public Interest Board has organized a list of organizations who are actively assisting the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

Message from Hillary Hellmann, President of the Public Interest Board:

As the newly established Public Interest Board at the University of Tulsa College of Law, we are here to promote service to the community. In our eyes, there is no better place to start than with the tragedy that hit so close to home yesterday afternoon. Many of us have family, friends, or acquaintances that were affected by the weekend tornados throughout Oklahoma—especially the tornado that devastated Moore. We would like to encourage you all to get involved in whatever capacity that you can, whether it be donating a few dollars to a charity or donating your time to the cleanup efforts.

Below we have included several ways that you can help. Although monetary donations are logistically easiest for the affected area to handle in a disaster such as this, no donations will be turned away. We would love to see everyone get involved—Oklahoma is a part of each one of us, even if we have only recently moved here or if we plan to move away following graduation. This state is filled with inspiring people and incredible resilience, and I know that our students—as either temporary or lifelong Oklahomans—are no exception. No matter where you find yourself this summer in your studies or in your work, I hope that you will consider doing whatever you can to help those in need. Each one of us can make a difference.

• Donate any amount directly to the Red Cross online or by phone (1-800-RED-CROSS) or donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

• Donate any amount directly to the Salvation Army online or by phone (1-800-SAL-ARMY) or donate $10 by texting STORM to 80888. Make sure that you respond to the text with “yes” to confirm your donation.

• Donate $10 directly to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) by texting FOOD to 32333.

• Donate any amount to Operation USA online or by phone (1-800-678-7255).

• Donate any amount to Convoy of Hope online.

• Donate directly to the United Way of Central Oklahoma online.

• Make donations in kind at the Reasors in Jenks. Two Men and a Truck will be loading up trucks to drive to Moore.

• Donate supplies for babies (formula, diapers, clothes, etc.) to ASCENT on Cherry Street. They will be accepting donations until 6 pm today and donations will be run to Moore daily.

• Donate water, nonperishable food, trash bags, toiletries, gloves, underwear and socks (new), diapers, shoes, and pet food at Must Stash on Brookside. Miller Truck Lines has donated a semi truck to deliver the items as needed.

• Donate blood at the Oklahoma Blood Institute (Tulsa’s OBI center is located at 4601 East 81st St., just west of Yale). Appointments are not required but may be scheduled at or by calling 1-877-340-8777.

• Donate household items at GUTS Church just off the BA Expressway at 41st.

• Donate water, gloves, baby wipes, sunscreen, shovels, toiletries, and blankets at Keller Williams Realty at 12150 E. 96th St. N. in Owasso.

• Donate water, Gatorade, wipes, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer, work gloves, sunscreen, heavy duty trash bags, and personal sanitation items (no clothes at this time) to the Salvation Army Tulsa Area Command until 6 pm today at 924 S. Hudson.

• Volunteer to provide pro bono legal aid through the ABA Young Lawyer’s Disaster Relief Pro Bono Program. Volunteer information can be found online.

I know that this list is long, but my hope is that you all will be able to find a way to help near you. If not, please consider donating to the charity of your choice. Every little bit helps.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you would like to organize a group to volunteer in any capacity. The Public Interest Board will be happy to help orchestrate any efforts.

Hillary Hellmann