Children love summer vacation and the long school-free days. However, parents often find themselves in a quandary. Without taking a ‘vacation’ from their work and hectic schedules, parents have to become creative to ensure their kids engage in positive activities. Planning a constructive, enjoyable and educative experience for children can be cumbersome (and sometimes impossible) for parents facing tight work deadlines. Many times you end up feeling guilty at having to leave the children at home to entertain themselves on mindless television programs and computer games.
After an extremely powerful two mile-wide tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City, around 2:30 on May 20, 2013. One reporter has said it was "the biggest, most destructive tornado in the history of the world," and estimated it was two to three times the magnitude of the massive tornados that hit Oklahoma in 1999. Several children and adults are among the fatalities.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Oklahoma. Tragedies of this nature are very challenging to overcome and cope with, especially for children. One thing that does seem to happen is that people come together in amazing ways during times of tragedy. If you are interested in helping, we provided a couple links to get you started.
Here are three places that you can make a donation. (This list will be updated as more are discovered)
Red Cross - Oklahoma City
This link is to the local Red Cross in Oklahoma. The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. It is the designated U.S. affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red.
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization's food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Nationwide hunger-relief charity helping more than 37 million Americans yearly including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has mobilized a number of emergency relief services in Oklahoma, including Moore, to dispense food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
If you know a great charity we should add to this list, please let us know in the comments below. We will be updating this list as new resources and organizations are discovered.