“But in my distress I cried out to the Lord: yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”- Psalms 18:6 NLT
If you’re my friend on Facebook, you may have
been annoyed by noticed all my posts about resources for storm victims and volunteers. Some people need to cry, some people need to sleep, some people need to talk, some people need to work and I need to info share. There is so much help out there that I want everyone to be aware of it in case they know someone who can use specific assistance.
I’m going to make an effort to slow down on all the “share” button clicking (no promises) so I wanted to put all the best links here so they can be found quickly. I’m going to try to provide info that may not be obvious. Of course, you can always go to the web sites of the governmental agencies and charitable organizations to see what they have to say.
In case you aren’t my friend on FB, I am available to babysit, transport items or give people rides. I have Jack with me so I can’t go shovel rubble but I can do this stuff. Also, my home is open if anyone needs a place to hang out and watch tv, do laundry or take a shower. Whatever. If I can help you, I will. We’ve been extremely blessed because tornadoes on both Sunday and Monday were close enough that we stayed in the cellar for about an hour each time and when we emerged, not a shingle was out of place.
I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to watch it on TV. We actually avoided it last night but I’m slowly able to take in a little at a time today. I know some people do want to talk about it. But, there’s nothing for me to say that doesn’t sound totally inadequate and get me choked up. So, I’m not answering my phone to chat. You can text me if you need me.
I was pretty much over the “Keep calm and blah blah on” paraphernalia two years ago but I love this one. This one that I stole from my friend, Chip, is awesome because it turns Oklahoma into a verb. Which is what we’ve really always been. Oklahoma on, everybody.
- Lumber Liquidators is giving away free tarps.
- A friend who lost a home in a tornado once asks us to help individuals directly when possible rather than donating to the Red Cross
- Yvette Fees is offering horse boarding. She will assist in loading and transporting them in her trailer. 589-0883 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Area casinos are holding blood drives all week: Riverwind Casino on Wednesday from 10am-6pm, Saltcreek Casino on Thursday from 1pm-6pm, Remington Park on Friday from 12-5pm and at Newcastle Casino on Saturday from 12pm-4:30pm.
- Some have suggested donating to Moore-area funeral homes to help pay for the burial of victims. One specific one is called John Ireland and I know the body of a little girl named Emily will be there.
- Lighthouse Medical Clinic (2801 S. Robinson, OKC) is offering free medical help for tornado victims and those involved in relief efforts.
- Convoy of Hope disaster response
- Many churches and police stations around Oklahoma and in neighboring states are taking donations. The list I have is too long but if you are looking for somewhere local to you and need help, just holler at me.
- There are several groups selling relief tee-shirts with the proceeds going to help victims. This is a great thing if you find a group you trust because you can donate money but also show support for months to come by wearing the shirt!
- charging stations, hot meals, coffee, restrooms. Highland Baptist. 4th & Sunnylane
- Uhaul is offering free storage to tornado victims. 1-800-gouhaul
- This group has a lot of helpful info
- Dr. Ken Guthrie will be doing free eye exams for victims who lost glasses, contacts or had eye injuries. 405-753-9006. All Eyemart Express locations will be making and donating glasses.
- often the survivors and communities are forgotten just months after the shock is over. If you are interested in contributing to long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts for the community, consider a gift to the OKC Tornado Recovery Fund. www.occf.org/tornadorecoveryfund