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HELPING OKLAHOMA: Iowa Donation Drives

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In typical Iowa fashion many groups are working to gather donations for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Greater Des Moines YMCA

They will be sending care packages to victims this weekend. Organizers say because basic needs will be met by other organizations the YMCA care packages will contain work gloves, dust masks, nutritious snacks and gift cards to help in the clean-up effort. Any of those items can be left at metro YMCA locations before 6 p.m. Thursday. A truck full of supplies will be leaving Des Moines on Friday.

Softball Teams

Two different metro softball teams have plans to collect donations and deliver them to the area when they head down to play in a tournament at the end of the month. Channel 13 has received notice that both the Johnston Dragons 12U Purple and South Des Moines JT’s 10U teams are trying to help out since they planned to be in the area anyway.

The Dragons have set up a fundraising and donation table at the Lew Clarkson Park Softball Complex in Johnston and will be collecting items until May 31.

South Des Moines will hold a donation drive at the SDM Girls Softball Fields Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both teams are asking for items from the Red Cross suggested donation list which includes items like blankets, pillows, children’s clothes and toys.

Red Cross and Casey’s

Casey’s has partnered with the Red Cross in hopes of increasing the ease of donating. The Red Cross says most Casey’s in the Midwest are participating in the cash donation collection. You can also send a donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.

Salvation Army

You can also text a donation to the Salvation Army. Send ‘STORM’ to 80888 on your phone to make a $10 donation.

Adventure Christian Church

Volunteers in Davenport will be hauling food down to Oklahoma.  The food drive at Adventure Christian Church began Wednesday morning. They are collecting frozen food and bottled water as well as items like brats, hamburgers, hotdogs and buns.

Be Aware

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is reminding Iowans to be cautious about whom they donate to, all too often when disasters hit, criminals try to take advantage of Iowan’s generosity.

Officials suggest sticking to large well known charities and being cautious about “sound-alike” groups trying to take your money.

Only donate on secure websites that have the letter “s” in the website address prefix, it should say https://.

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