WASHINGTON -- It's easy to feel helpless watching news coverage of the E4 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. While national organizations like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are mobilizing massive relief efforts on the ground, a local D.C. initiative is focused on the tornado's youngest victims: children.
Washington Family Magazine and 94.7 Fresh FM are sponsoring a D.C.-area teddy bear drive to collect stuffed animals to send to the children of Moore.
"This is our way of sending some comfort and hope to those kids," Tommy McFly, host of 94.7's The Tommy Show, told The Huffington Post. "We want these kids to know that Washington cares with our bears."
Ten children, including two babies, were killed by Monday's massive tornado.
Drop-off locations will be set up through the weekend in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Teddy bear donations will be accepted through 6 p.m. Monday before the stuffed pets are shipped off to Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma City United Way
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Architecture For Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is on the ground in Moore assessing damage and will begin rebuilding. The organization said it is still grateful to Moore West Junior High, which helped fundraise for its rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Learn more here.
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DonorsChoose For Teachers
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The Animal Resource Center
The Animal Resource Center is taking in displaced pets. The organization is accepting donations through A New Leash on Life.
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Now or Never Horse Helper
Now or Never Horse Helper (NNHH) in Oklahoma is asking for volunteers who can foster any of the surviving horses to call 405-799-3276 or message the NNHH on their Facebook page.
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Save The Children
Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team will deploy Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, helping to create a safe and secure atmosphere for displaced kids. The organization is also prepared to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials, as it has for past disasters such as the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.
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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. Learn more here.
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The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in Housing for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511— OU Sooners (@UofOklahoma) May 20, 2013