, Muskogee, OK

May 25, 2013

Tornado relief efforts varied

— A variety of options are available to contribute to the tornado relief efforts.

To donate money:

• Visit or call (800) REDCROSS (733-2767). You can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

• Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.

• Text RESPONSE to 80888 or call (800) 554-8583 to make a $10 donation through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

• All Homeland supermarkets are accepting donations for the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund. Financial contributions can be made at the register in increments of $1, $5 or $10. For customers who are purchasing items to donate, all stores will have collection bins at the front. The items will be distributed to rescue workers, volunteers and victims, and 100 percent of all financial contributions will go directly to the tornado relief efforts.

• Mud volleyball tournament, 10 a.m. today, Hilltop Arena on Harris Road just east of the Pilot Travel Center. Cost is $10 per person. Proceeds from team fees and concessions from Chet’s Dairy Freeze benefit tornado relief. Information: (918) 360-5543.

To donate items:

• Bikers Against Child Abuse is collecting shovels, gloves, paper products, toiletries and small snack foods from 10 a.m. to :3 p.m. today and 2 to 6 p.m. May 31 at Walmart, 1000 W. Shawnee Bypass, and 1 to 4 p.m. June 1 at Lowe’s, 2901 E. Shawnee Bypass.

• Northeastern State University is taking donations of bottled water, work gloves, flashlights, non-perishable food items, batteries, toiletries, sunscreen and other items. NO CLOTHING. Collections are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at University Center’s circle drive at the Tahlequah campus and the administration building at NSU Muskogee, 2400 W. Shawnee Bypass.

• Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service Safety Day, set for 8 to noon today at the Muskogee Civic Center, will have a drive-through donation drop-off.

• New Hope Assembly of God, 110 W. 58th St. S., is accepting water, tarps, batteries, diapers, non-perishable foods and toiletries from 8 to noon today at the church and at the Homeland parking lot, 2410 Chandler Road. Information: John Overton, (918) 616-3078.

• Oklahoma’s three major universities have partnered on a 2013 Oklahoma Disaster Relief Shirt sales campaign. All three school logos are on the shirt, and net proceeds will be directed to aid disaster relief and recovery efforts from across the state. The shirts are $19.95 for short-sleeve and $24.95 for long-sleeve. Shipping is $5.99 regardless of the quantity ordered. Order through the schools’ websites:, and

• BancFirst, in association with the Moore Ministerial Alliance, has established a relief fund for the victims of the Moore tornado. Donations can be made at any  BancFirst branch. Checks should be made payable to the Moore Ministerial Alliance dba Moore Tornado Relief Fund.

• Kum & Go is joining the American Red Cross disaster relief effort in Oklahoma. Kum & Go’s in-store campaign gives their customers the option of adding $1 to each purchase they make at a Kum & Go store. Every dollar donated will go directly to the Red Cross. The campaign will run through Friday.