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How You Can Help Oklahoma

One of the things that makes our country so great is that in times of crisis, everyone pulls together to lend a helping hand with no regards to race, ethnicity, age, creed, or location. Often though, as in the case of tragic shootings, there is very little we can do to help those in need except offer up our prayers for their recovery. Today, though, there is plenty we can do to help those victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. 
For many of us, this is a disaster that hits close to home. Many of us have friends or family in the area. I myself have a sister in Missouri (her town sits in the “red zone” today) and friends throughout the Great Plains area. However, it is not just the people that need our help. Remington Park and Celestial Acres, a training and breeding facility, were among the facilities that took a direct impact by the storm that spawned the EF4 tornado in Moore, OK. An exercise rider at Celestial Acres reported during an interview that he believed only 1 out of the 80 horses on site had survived. 
So how can we help? 
Helping can be as simple as sending a text message. To donate $10 to the Disaster Relief Fund, text the word REDCROSS to 90999. I made a donation, and I encourage you to do the same. If you have any gently used clothes or household items that families might need in the coming days, consider donating them to the Salvation Army. If you are not the squeamish type, consider donating blood.
To make a donation to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Program, please visit their website.
To directly help Celestial Acres and Orr Family Farm, visit their Facebook page and look for the link to Pay Pal.
There are a couple of options to directly help the horsemen affected by this tragedy. Credit and debit donations can be made by calling the Quarter Horse association at (405) 216-0440. Checks can be made out to the TRAO Benevolence Fund or the OQHRA Benevolence Fund (use the memo line 2013 Tornado) and sent to TRAO at 2620 NW Expressway, Suite A; Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or to the OQHRA, P.O. Box 2907, Edmond, OK 73083. 
Oklahoma, we offer our condolences and prayers, and we will continue to do whatever we can to help you during your time of need. 


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Blood horse has an updated article about the coordination between the TB and Quarter horse organizations. The article gives you phone numbers and addresses for donations
According to TVG, Remington Park is a drop off point for physical donations. Also they put up the OQHA.com for donation. While this is a quarter horse association, they are coordinating with TB associations etc.
Here is some more info. In the OK area: Red Earth Feed and Tack store 405-478-3424 setting up donation account for OK victims (was in Bloodhorse article) also womenshorseindustry WHINN from Bloodhorse article is setting up donation page. I looked at Retama Downs website and Facebook page--nothing at the moment. Perhaps this people living near racetracks could see if there is a way to bring physical donations etc. for a track to track donation. I also looked at Best Friends website. During Katrina, the Humane Societ and others helped coordinate volunteers to help with rescuing animals. If you are even considering going to physically volunteer, coordinate with a named group. Many of us did with Katrina, it is dirty, physically exhausting work, but definitely rewarding.
I'm trying to stay as up-to-date as possible, so I'm adding links, phone numbers, and addresses as additional information comes in. Thanks for all the updates everyone!
No problem Foridaf. I just donated there myself.
Great, Buckpasser! Thanks for the update and the info!
If you want to help the people directly at Celestial Acres, the horse farm in OK, go to the Bloodhorse article. Click on the Orr Facebook page, there is a pay pal access for donations.
Great article Ashley. Thank you for taking the time.
*As many know
Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri. Tornados come out of nowhere sometimes. Scary.
travel_vic= classless.... Floridaf. Great article. As many noted, 95% of my winnings go to charity or my kid's college fund. I usually give my winnings to a charity for homeless people, but I took a wad of cash to donate to redcrosss to help the victims. With people like Kevin Durant (class-act) donating $1 million; it can make us seem like we do very little. However, if everyone justs puts in a little bit, it will help a lot. A 10,000 mile journey starts with a single step, and I encourage everyone to donate to help the victims... Prayers and thoughts go out to the victims.. Have a good one.
yukichan, I added the link you provided to my blog. We'd be remiss if we didn't help our four-legged friends as well as our two-legged ones.
Thank you for providing that link, yukichan! travel_vic, if you're going to be insensitive at a time like this, please refrain from commenting on this blog.
On Facebook there is a list of local organizations to help with animal rescue. Also Bloodhorse has an article about donations can be made to a local feed and tack store to help.
Thanks for the post yukichan. I know after Katrina, animal welfare groups got together to be provide for animal victims of disasters.
Often our four-legged friends are overlooked in these tragic times--in terms of donations. If you can help them as well as our Red Cross and Salvation Army organizations. You can support the OKC Animal Welfare Program, who will be tasked with sheltering and caring for hundreds if not thousands of animals: http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare/AnimalWelfareDonationWeb/.
Thanks, Buckpasser and mallios. Spring storms are a fact of life wherever one lives, I guess. Where and when a tornado will touch down is something that can't be predicted until it is imminent. It's sad to see the children and animals suffer. Again, thanks.
Goblin take care and be safe. @ Ashley thanks for the article. You're the best.
Children, the elderly or disabled, pets, livestock, all who/that must be protected. Very scary in such an area and not really any category 4 proof buildings. This is a horrendously sad tragedy. Simple to say, don't live there, but it's considered home, although I would imagine some won't choose to re-build. Thank you for posting how to help, Ashley.
Sent a donation to the Salvation Army.
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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.

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