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How to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Relief agencies are accepting donations to assist victims of the deadly storms in Oklahoma.

If you would like to make a "text" donation, a 10-dollar charge will appear on your mobile phone bill for each text. Keep in mind that normal text rates and charges apply.

You can text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army.

You can text the word "RED CROSS" to 90999 will generate a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

And, you can text the word "FOOD" to 32333 to make a $10 donation to the Food Bank of Oklahoma.

BLOOD DONATIONS:
The call is also out for blood donors here in Central Louisiana. As a neighboring blood center to the area affected by the tornados, Life Share Blood Centers say they are acting quickly to increase the local inventory. Additional donations will allow LifeShare to help send blood to Oklahoma, as needed, while keeping the local blood supply at a safe level," says Lisa Hickman, Manager of Recruiting and Collections, LifeShare Blood Centers.

Trauma injuries, such as those resulting from the tornados, typically require several units of blood immediately and blood components for follow up surgeries. Due to the multitude of injuries, the blood inventory in Oklahoma will be used quickly, while blood donations may be greatly reduced.  All blood types will be needed, while O negative, the universal blood type, will be critical.

"Giving blood is something you can physically do to help in a time of crisis" added Ms. Hickman.

Where to give: LifeShare Blood Centers, 2051 North Mall Drive in Alexandria. For more information call LifeShare: (318)445-7439. Regular donor hours:  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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