Magical Mystical Mimi had this image up for her wordless Wednesday post last week. Although I'm not sure how willing I'd be to shake a hand doorknob, since I fear it might pull me into the underworld and leave me there, I think it's the perfect image for my post today. On most Wednesdays I share something related to writing, but today I feel the need to ask you to give Oklahoma a helping hand.
As a California resident all my life, and having lived in the San Fernando Valley during the 1994 earthquake, nothing prepares you for the challenges ahead of you in the days after the disaster. In an instant your life is flipped upside down. The everyday things you take for granted like getting a drink of water, a bite to eat from the refrigerator, or just a trip to the grocery store, are all gone. Oklahoma has a long road ahead of them and they will need a lot of help. Please consider helping them in whatever way you feel comfortable with. Whether it's donating money, time, or simply saying a quiet heartfelt prayer, please give Oklahoma a helping hand. They may never know it was you, but you will know you helped and in the words of Audrey Hepburn...
*Ways you can help:
- Text "RED CROSS" to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, reports
- Make a $10 donation via text to the Salvation Army by texting the word "STORM" to 80888.
- If you want to donate to an organization in Oklahoma, the United Way of Central Oklahoma disaster relief fund is active. Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief also is collecting money.
- Visit blogger E.J. Wesley, a former Oklahoman, for his personal insight on what Oklahoma needs.
*I am not affiliated with any of these charities. Feel free to do your own research before you donate. Often, if a charity's website has the Better Business Bureau seal of accreditation, you're safe. Also, beware of fake solicitations for donations.The safest way to donate is to contact a charity or organization on your own. In times of immediate disaster relief, cash is critical.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.