Not only must we keep the Oklahoma tornado victims in our prayers, as good stewards it’s only right that we come together and do what we can financially as well. There are a few ways we can help direct parishioners where to donate—and of the options below, one of the easiest is donating online through the Red Cross or Salvation Army.
Ways to promote relief donations in the bulletin:
- Have your bulletin editor write an article explaining that donations can be made by going to redcross.org, by calling 800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation through a mobile phone. Or, by going to salvationarmyusa.org and calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- If you are a Liturgical Publications customer, check LPi’s Art & Media Portal for bulletin covers related to the Oklahoma tornado (keyword: Oklahoma).
Ways to promote relief donations online:
- Place a text hyperlink to the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund or the Salvation Army’s Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund prominently on your parish homepage.
- Place a graphic on your parish homepage and link to either of the above websites. An example of a graphic is below, feel free to right-click and save.
- If your church uses Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media tool, copy and paste the online donation link and share it with your followers.
What would be really great is if the Red Cross or Salvation Army offered an embeddable “widget” that churches (and anyone) could place on their website to direct people to donate for relief funds. I don’t see anything like that on their websites, but if someone knows if this exists, please share in the comments.
UPDATE: A few other ways to donate: