How to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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I know this is a miles and points blog, but sometimes when tragedy strikes – especially tragedy that has a large impact on children and families, I can’t help but to make mention of it here.  Even though it is a bit “off topic”, it seems wrong not to.  Pretending that everyone only cares about elite qualifying miles or credit card sign-up bonuses regardless of what else is going on just doesn’t sit well with me.

So in light of yesterday’s devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma I wanted to devote a little coverage to how to help.

Red Cross:

Donate online or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes.

They will also accept your Delta, United, or US Airways miles. 

Salvation Army:

Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to give $10 to Salvation Army.

They will also accept your United or Delta miles.

United Way of Central Oklahoma Tornado Relief:

Donate online and “fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts.”

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief:

Donate online and “every penny goes toward disaster relief and helping victims.”

There are countless of other agencies that are also helping as we speak, so feel free to add any you know of in the comments section.  While I could care less about earning points right now, you could choose to use a card that earns bonus points on charity donations if you have one.  If you have a card that earns bonus points on cell phone bill expenses then presumably the donations made via text would earn bonus points via that route.

No matter how or why you do it, if you feel compelled to help then there are many ways to do so.  Thanks to everyone who takes the time to do their part regardless of how you do it.

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  1. And if one wants to do well by doing good, I would imagine that a united or delta miles contribution to the Salvation Army will count as activity for the purposes of resetting the clock for expiration. A great use for “orphan miles” too.

  2. I remember living in Raleigh, NC when the 2-mile wide tornado trampled downtown. We lived a few miles west and it was forecast to hit us. Luckily it jogged east, but it was close. Pictures of the tornado heading for downtown were scary. I have devastating pictures of the aftermath, it was a total disaster.

  3. Remember that many of these agencies still pay the 3 or 4 % fees for credit cards so if you want to donate a certain amount add a few percent to that to true it up for them.

  4. God Bless them. I just donated to the Red Cross, and simply cannot imagine so much horror and destruction.

    • Jorge, good job! I made a couple donations to various organizations today myself. Thanks for helping!

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