Oklahoma tornado relief: How to help victims of deadly tornado

CINCINNATI - Residents of Moore, Okla., are reeling after a monstrous tornado swept through the community, causing more than 20 deaths and leaving destruction in its path.

While the Tri-State residents may be far from Oklahoma, it's close to many of their hearts.

Here are some ways the Tri-State can donate and help in relief efforts -- but the list doesn't have to end here. Use the comment section below to let us know how you're helping.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is helping provide the victims of the tornadoes with shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional comfort. To help contribute to their effort, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations can also be made online at http://rdcrss.org/PSpvi2. Also, the Red Cross' Safe and Well website allows victims to notify friends and family that they are safe. Red Cross will have a booth at Taste of Cincinnati for cash donations for the victims.

Matthew 25 Ministries
The Blue Ash organization didn't waste any time with their efforts to help in Oklahoma. As crews head to Moore, they are looking for volunteers and donations. To make an online donation, go to http://bit.ly/Ad3Wjo.

Salvation Army
With Salvation Army crews on the ground in Oklahoma, the organization says monetary donations are the most critical as supplies and personnel are mobilized. Donations are accepted online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/ or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army. Donations can make a difference as a $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day and a $30 donation provides one food box with staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit.

Operation USA
The Los Angeles-based relief agency is providing emergency aid in Moore, Okla. Donations will be spent in Oklahoma helping community health organizations and schools recover from damage sustained from the severe storm system. To donate online, go to http://www.opusa.org/contribute/ or call 1-800-678-7255. In addition to monetary donations, Operation USA accepts donations of United airline miles.

Kroger
Kroger is now collecting relief funds for victims of the tornado in Oklahoma. Donations can be made via check-out lane coin boxes located at each register at the 110 stores located in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky.

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