A monstrous tornado roared through Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.
Several groups are collecting donations for tornado victims. Some have indicated that financial donations are preferred over supplies.
The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation, spokesman Ken Garcia said.
Garcia said the donations allow the Red Cross purchase needed supplies.
Those who are looking for family members can visit the Safe and Well page of the Red Cross website, Garcia said.
"We're still assessing what we need and where we will be setting up shelters," Garcia said. "We obviously don't want to get in the way of rescuers and we want to make sure it is safe but we know this will be a national relief effort."
Salvation Army :
Donations can be made to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks.
Donate by phone: 800-725-2769 or online .
Feed The Children is coordinating with other organizations and authorities at the scene to deliver disaster supplies as requests are received.
Cash donations to help with relief efforts can be made by phone at 800-627-4556 or online .
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief:
This organization says donations will "go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters."
It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed).
For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website .
You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112
Operation USA :
The international relief group is "readying essential material aid - emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover.
You can donate online here . You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix is asking for food donations to send to the tornado victims in Oklahoma.
Donations can be made to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance locations in Phoenix and Surprise, as well as to food drive boxes located at all Goodwill locations in the Valley.
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance locations:
2831 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix
13050 W. Elm St., Surprise