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Tornado Victims in Moore area in Oklahoma needs our help!

Dear Friends,

We are deeply saddened by the loss and the damage because of the Tornado in Moore area. Our hearts and thoughts go to all of those who were affected by the Tornado but people need more than that.

Federal Government has declared a major disaster in the State of Oklahoma following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged lots of homes, schools etc. in the southern part of the state.

Raindrop Helping Hands launches a campaign that focuses on all aspects of the relief efforts following Tornado pass through Moore, OK.

Please send us your generous donation. Funds collected through the Helping Hands' account will be delivered to the authorized people in the region.

You can make your donations by:

* Check: Please make your checks payable to: "Raindrop Helping Hands" and place the memo as "Moore Tornado Relief". The check should be sent to 4444 N.Classen Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73118

* Google Checkout: Please click to Donate Thru Google Checkout button on the right side of the website and choose "Moore Tornado Relief" to make donation.

We appreciate your kind donations and even a small contribution will help to reduce the pain of the Tornado.

 
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