MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 22, 2013

Oklahomans will jump to help

Adversity does not build character.

Adversity identifies character.

It is in moments such as these that the people of Oklahoma show their character.

The devastating tornado in Moore is tragic, but it will also prove uplifting.

Because while we mourn, we mobilize.

While we cry, we try.

While we are scared, we turn to what’s sacred.

Because it is in times like these that we do not see our enemies or different races or political parties.

In times like these, we see Oklahomans hurting.

And we help.

We stop what we are doing to pray and to offer aid in any way we can.

Because that’s what good people do.

And Oklahoma is full of good people.

It may not be easy to see sometimes.

It is easy to focus on the troublemakers.

It is too easy to forget that your political foe is still your neighbor.

Oklahoma was completely rural not so long ago.

Oklahomans’ rural upbringing taught you to help.

It taught you to reach out to those who are less fortunate or in need.

There are many people in need in Moore today:

• Who lost family members and friends.

• Who lost homes and possessions.

• Who will be working practically non-stop over a countless number of days to help.

Green Country began mobilizing just moments after the news of the tornado.

Green Country will continue to show its true character.

We hurt. We help.

You can help

Citizens seeking to contribute to the Moore tornado relief efforts have a variety of options available.

To donate money:

• Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800 REDCROSS. You can also donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

• Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.

• Text RESPONSE to 80888 or call (800) 554-8583 to make a $10 donation through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

• All Homeland grocery stores are accepting donations for the American Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund. Financial contributions can be made at the register in increments of $1, $5 or $10 and if customers are purchasing items to donate, all stores will have bins set up to collect the items at the front of the store. The items will be distributed to rescue workers, volunteers and victims, and 100 percent of all financial contributions will go directly to the tornado relief efforts.

To donate items:

• Okie Country 101.7 studios at Arrowhead Mall is accepting items today through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service Safety Day at the Muskogee Civic Center on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon will have a drive-through donation dropoff.

• Chili’s Grill and Bar in Muskogee and Tahlequah are accepting donations that will be delivered to Moore on Thursday. Also, 10 percent of all sales Wednesday will assist the relief efforts.

• Shipman Funeral Home in Muskogee (1325 N. York St.) and Wagoner (2809 U.S. 69) are accepting toiletries, bottled water, and dog food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

• First Baptist Church, Wagoner, 401 N.E. Second St., is accepting work gloves, bottled water and baby items today, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Walker Family Dentistry, 106 Lone Oak Circle, Fort Gibson, is accepting baby items and bottled water from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

• 102.5 KFOX in Eufaula is accepting donations today at the U.S. Cellular store at 133 S. Main St.

• New Hope Assembly of God, 110 W. 58th St. S., is accepting water, tarps, batteries, diapers, non-perishable foods and toiletries from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Information: Pastor John Overton, (918) 616-3078.

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