If you would like to help the victims of the Oklahoma City tornadoes, here is a short list of charities that are not scams and will spend your money the way your heart intended when you donated. Others may exist and more may be added at another time.
The Salvation Army
To donate $10 simply send a text message with the word “STORM” to 80888
You may also call 1-800-725-2769
The American Red Cross
To donate $10 simply send a text message with the word “REDCROSS” to 90999
NOTE: In defense of recent scrutiny of the Red Cross and other similar groups, consider that this legendary organization is all over the world, including places like Oklahoma City, Cleburn and Granbury, Texas, and others, providing help after the media cycle moves on and we aren’t hearing about the needs of communities. On television there is concern at times when organizations like the Red Cross disperse a percentage of funds into other areas than the one that was designated in a donation. The short answer is that this is how the Red Cross is able to exist, and do all the stuff they do.
(This is a multi-state, multi-site church based in Edmond, Oklahoma that partners and supports different relief efforts and will be a key player in recovery and rebuilding hope in Oklahoma.)
Text “RELIEF” and a dollar amount to 86613
The Bills Mafia
(This is a Buffalo Bills fan organization, led by an unashamed follower of Jesus Christ whom I have known for almost two decades, based in Western New York that channels all of their energy into charitable giving, including a local cancer center, and the Oklahoma relief efforts. They donate 100% of their proceeds will go to Oklahoma City at this link. Great crew.)
Texas Baptist Men
These guys go everywhere, and appear to get there first. A great example of what everyone wants to see the church doing.
North America Missions Board (Southern Baptists)
Oklahoma Baptists Disaster Relief (SBC)
Oklahoma Tornado Victims Fund