Benevolent People

TSUNAMI HELP: Mary C. Ogle, CEO for the American Red Cross in Tulsa, left, and and Maj. Marshall Gesner, area commander of the Salvation Army in Tulsa help with relief efforts for tsunami victims.

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Greater Tulsans join other Americans who generously donate money, time, food, clothing and other items needed for victims of the recent tsunami disaster. The hearts of members of Tulsa civic clubs, churches, and other organizations turn to relief for the victims as they look for ways to help.

The Rotary Club of Mid-Town Tulsa launched a tsunami relief drive. Local Rotarians are asking for donations in an effort to rise $26,000 that they will hand deliver to the Rotary Club of Bangkok South.

The American public and several corporate and philanthropic individuals and organizations contributed more than $150 million to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief efforts. The Tulsa Area Chapter has pledged more than $105,000.

The American Red Cross estimates, it will require about $400 million to provide the most effective aid for emergency relief and long-term needs.

The University of Tulsa’s Women’s Hoops has pledged $1,000 to the American Red Cross and fans have the opportunity to match the pledge at the Western Athletic Conference games.

The Salvation Army is locally accepting donations that will be sent to the National Headquarters for distribution in the stricken areas.

Many local churches are also receiving special offerings to send to the stricken areas and some will also send teams to assist.

Updated 01-14-2005

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