It is with a heavy heart that I write today’s blog post. Many of you in the event industry have sent messages, and I can’t thank you enough for your concern and sweet notes. However, there are many 90 miles south of me who have a different story.
The tornado that hit Moore, OK and other small towns only comes one day after a smaller tornado it the town of Shawnee, OK. While one tornado was much larger than others they were all responsible for devastation. Families and friends are left without loved ones and their homes.
The CLE family, like many others, has been directly impacted by the destruction. As many of you know I volunteer every year for the Miss Oklahoma Organization. Brenda and Oney Fleming, directors for the Miss Oklahoma Organization, have lost their home. They are safe, but it will be a long road ahead for them. Gigi’s Cupcakes OKC and Serendipity Prom will be taking donations for the Fleming Family. If you would like to mail a contribution please make your check or money order payable to Oney Fleming. You can mail or take your donations to:
Gigi’s Cupcakes 14101 N. May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73134 or Serendipity 13813 North May Oklahoma City, OK 73134
This Friday Brianna and Todd will be married in Tulsa, OK. Brianna’s father, Brig. Gen. Hopper T. Smith was called out by Govenor Mary Fallin as part of the National Guard first responders and is serving the city of Moore.
Each story is different and there are many stories of hope and perseverance being reported this morning. However, if you are like me and want to help we have some resources for you below:
The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation.
Those who are looking for family members can visit www.safeandwell.org. Local Red Cross units will be dispatched throughout the damaged area.
The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has dispatched disaster response teams.
Donations can be made to:
• The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks.
• Donate by phone: (800) 725-2769
• Donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick.
Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, nonperishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
Feed The Children is coordinating with other organizations and authorities at the scene to deliver disaster supplies as requests are received.
Cash donations to help with relief efforts can be made by phone at 800-627-4556 or online at www.feedthechildren.org/disaster.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity.
Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged.
Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.
To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.
With Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams already responding to severe weather from Sunday in several locations, including Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe, Oklahoma Baptists are assisting with recovery efforts from the tornado that hit Moore.
Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry, by visiting www.bgco.org/donate or calling 942-3800. All money go toward disaster relief and helping victims. For photos, information and updates, visit the Oklahoma Baptists’ blog at www.okdisasterhelp.com.
Donors to the Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in all metro-Oklahoma City hospitals and 140 others across the state.
Presently, the state’s blood supply is adequate to meet the needs of patients in all hospitals caring for victims of the Moore tornado.
Since there is no substitute for blood, the supply constantly needs to be replenished. Anyone 16 years or older and in good health can generally donate blood. Those with O-negative and Rh-negative blood types are most needed.
Locations of donor centers and mobile blood drives can be found at www.obi.org.
United Way of Central Oklahoma has activated its disaster relief fund, so individuals may give specifically to the May tornadoes relief and recovery efforts.
Fund dollars will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way Partner Agencies working on the tornado relief efforts.
To donate, go to www.unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief.
For more information, please contact Karla Bradshaw at (405) 235-3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tulsa Community Foundation, the nation’s largest community foundation, has established the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund. This fund has received a lead gift of $100,000 from George Kaiser Family Foundation. Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at www.TulsaCF.org. Donations can also be mailed to TCF offices at 7030 S Yale, Suite 600, Tulsa, OK, 74136.
Oklahoma Humane is currently working with the City of Oklahoma City to assist the City of Moore to receive, assess and shelter animals affected by the tornado that ripped through Moore on May 20, 2013.
Donations may be made at http://www.okhumane.org/get-involved. They are looking for people to foster, donate and aide in help with animals from this disaster.