Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How To Help Oklahoma ~ courtesy of Brandon from My Own Private Idaho

My heart always breaks a little when a major disaster happens. Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Tsunami… Man-made disasters are always horrible, but these ‘acts of God,’ these nature-related disasters haunt me.

Mother Earth can be a cruel bitch sometimes.

You can do your part. And if you have a roof over your head and money in your pocket, you should do your part. As you know, you can text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 and donate $10 from your phone. The Red Cross is the most-recommended method to donate, because you know they’re not a scam. It’s quick and easy.

Sadly, so many people create ‘relief’ scams to get money. You’ll see them online, you’ll see mass emails, or maybe get an automated call. Please ignore these.

However, in my opinion, there is one better way to donate your money. The Red Cross is fantastic, and can do big things, but whenever you can, please donate to a local Community Action Agency.

The Community Action Agency covering Moore, Oklahoma is based out of Oklahoma City. Their website is

While the Red Cross can do big things for communities, it often takes them time to mobilize. They lean on local agencies and first-responders to start the healing process, which is where CAA of OKC comes in. This agency helps maintain the local food bank, and has home-building and weatherization departments. While families are displaced or in need, CAA of OKC can help fill the void while the Red Cross is still working on their action plan.

I used to work at a similar agency in Eastern Idaho. The people there were the most caring, selfless people I have ever met. The agency itself did some amazing things for the most-needy, and the staff made miracles happen on a daily basis.

So please, do what you can. By donating money, they can buy supplies, food, blankets and secure shelter for those in need. Whether you support the Red Cross or a local Food Bank of Community Action Agency, please do what you can.

Red Cross:
Text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone instantly.

Community Action Agency of OKC: 319 SW 25th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109 / (405) 232-0199 / /

Brandon is the blogger behind, a humor and culture-shock blog chronicling the life of a California transplant now living in rural Idaho.

Thank you for sharing these resources, Brandon.

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