There are many examples of generous people and businesses looking for ways to make a difference for survivors of last month’s tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and severe storms.
Providing cash to trusted organizations empowers volunteers to furnish exactly what is needed.
When giving, people are urged to donate wisely. Cash donations allow nonprofit agencies to shop at local businesses. This helps the local economy to recover.
Time and again we have seen groups donate wisely. For instance, some companies have donated large quantities of new furniture, including mattresses for survivors who have lost everything.
There are also heart-warming stories of volunteers donating their time and talents to the recovery efforts. One IT volunteer is putting his specialized computer skills to good use. He saves picture files from tornado-damaged computers, memory cards and hand-held devices, and then stores them on a flash drive. Survivors are thrilled when they receive them. The Moore Public Library, (405) 793-5100, serves as a clearinghouse for survivors who need these services.
Two major volunteer groups, Operation Photo Rescue and the Oklahoma School of Photography, are restoring damaged photos. Many of these pictures are posted online at www.nationaldisasterphotorescue.net or on Facebook under Operation Photo Rescue.
By donating cash or volunteering time and talent, people are coming together to restore Oklahoma. Choosing carefully what to give makes these gifts even more valuable.
For more information on recovering from disaster, visit FEMA at FEMA.gov.