If you want to help the victims of this week's massive tornado in Oklahoma but haven't yet had a chance, don't worry. Relief efforts are still being organized -- and disaster workers say aid will be needed for the long run.
Consider that seven months after Superstorm Sandy, there are still people whose condemned homes sit waiting for demolition, whose insurance claims have yet to be settled, who are living in temporary shelters little bigger than a storage shed in their front yards.
So, yes, help is needed now -- and in the future.
Your can read about some of the latest efforts here and pitch in with money or time.
Local Cox radio stations, for instance, will hold a series of remote broadcasts to collect Red Cross donations on Thursday and Friday at the following times and locations:
STAR 94.5 FM will be at the Mall at Millenia, 4101 Conroy Rd. in Orlando, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Phone: (407) 903-7960.
98.9 WMMO FM will be at SODO, 2394 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Phone: (407) 541-0554
News 96.5/ESPN Orlando will be at Lake Eola, 200 E. Robinson St. in Orlando, from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Phone: (407) 999-3253. On Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., you'll find them at 6735 Conroy Rd., Suite 118. Phone: (407) 608-5940
K92.3 FM will be at 254 W. State Rd. 436 in Altamonte Springs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Phone: (407) 869-6607.
POWER 95.3 FM will be at 7360 University Blvd in Winter Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Phone: (407) 677-2600
And if you'd rather give your time than money -- or want to do both -- volunteers are still needed to assemble hygiene kits at Orlando's Clean the World on Thursday. A morning session runs from 9:30 to 11:30, and the afternoon session is 1:30 to 3:30. If you're interested, send an email to email@example.com. Other volunteer events at the charity will be scheduled starting early next week.
On Saturday, you can join the assembly process at Feeding Children Everywhere in Longwood, where volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the charity's headquarters, 830 South Ronald Reagan Blvd., Unit 142, in Longwood, 32750. Volunteers will help package a nonperishable, nutritionally complete rice-lentil casserole mix. They're also encouraged to bring canned goods, baby food and formula, peanut butter and bottled water. All food and water will be shipped to trusted relief organizations in Oklahoma.
In addition, Catholic parishes and mission in nine Central Florida counties will take a special collection this weekend for Catholic Charities USA to help in the charity's recovery and relief efforts in Oklahoma.
Catholic churches in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, Polk, Marion and Sumter will partipate.And if you're looking for the simplest way to give money to the American Red Cross for its relief efforts, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 or visit www.RedCross.org.