Monday, May 20, 2013

Hopeful, Not Helpless

Undoubtedly, unless you live in a cave, you have heard about the devastating tornados in Moore, Oklahoma. As many of you know, I'm a graduate from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK...Norman is a neighboring town to Moore. For those of you who don't know, the geography is from North to South on I-35, Oklahoma City, then Moore, then Norman.

Having been through Moore so many times with friends who live there or nearby, my heart immediately sunk when my boss told me the news of the tornado. Thankfully all my loved ones and friends are accounted for, but their lives have undoubtedly been turned upside down.

Times like this make your heart ache (especially when you look at the damage and recognize the area & what it used to be).
Times like this can make you feel helpless. Even though I'm not there to physically help with clean up, there are things that I can do...& you can too.

1. If you can give something financially, donate to a reputable organization. From $5 to $100, whatever you can give will help. Here are some options:
  • The Red Cross has multiple ways to donate, where you can specifically chose to donate to disaster relief or text REDCROSS to 90999.
  • Salvation Army (you can choose to donate right to Oklahoma Tornado Relief fund) or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is another organization to directly donate funds where they can specifically designate the money depending on the needs. 
  • Feeding America, a group that works with food bands, offers lists of local food banks & contact information, allows you to search for food banks (if you have had a tornado near you that you'd like to donate to, go here).
((**make sure to give to a REPUTABLE organization. Unfortunately, people with bad intentions become opportunists during times like this to take advantage of good people. If it is a group you have never heard of, DO SOME RESEARCH**))

2. If you have a church group or work group, collectively gather items that these families will need in the wake of such devastation. People typically think of donating food & clothes, but other items that could be used include: work gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, toiletries, toilet paper, towels, and garbage bags. 

3. Donate blood. Even though we are not physically there, times like this remind us all of the hospital needs of blood supply in case of events like this. Your hour of time spent giving blood can bring life to THREE people

4. Pray. These families will need all the prayers, love & support they can get.

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  1. Thank you Lauren. I am thinking of and praying for the people of Oklahoma. <3 Thank you so much for this. I will have to blow this up on Facebook and Twitter. =)

  2. Yes and yes! Good suggestions! It's heart wrenching and still incredibly heart filling here!