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Published May 21, 2013

Relief Effort Heroes: How to Help in the Aftermath of the Oklahoma Tornadoes

Want to be a hero right now? Want to save a life this very moment? I’m dead serious. Text “RED CROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornadoes victims.

In the aftermath of a tragedy, America catches a glimpse of the very best of humanity. Everyone stands up; everyone reaches out a helping hand. Google overflows with search terms: Relief Efforts. How Can I Help? Oklahoma Tornadoes. Red Cross.

However, it’s possible to have too many heroes rushing into the fray. After all, most people want the task that gets their hands dirty: Lifting debris, passing out water bottles, clothing a small child. Nobody wants to be the lame guy who says, “Who me? I donated ten bucks by sending a text message from my comfy couch!”

But it’s that silent hero that makes it possible for everybody else to do their job.

The real heroes, the ones who help make all the relief efforts possible, are the humble people who realize what a huge gift that text message is.

A real life-saver knows how to play their role–and when to step back and let the professionals take over. All of America is searching Google today, hoping to find a way to make a difference in the painful chaos that reminds everyone how mortal we really are. We’re not superheroes. We’re just humans. And that makes the heroism all the more beautiful.


This will get you started:

Text “RED CROSS” to 90999 make $10 donation to Red Cross relief efforts in Oklahoma.
Text “STORM” to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army.
Text “AID” to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA.

Now let’s flood those cell phone companies with text messages.

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  • I sincerely believe that through the power of storytelling, I can make social issues become more than a set of statistics. My expertise is in community leadership, non-profit work, event coordinating, networking, and storytelling. All my articles.

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