Donations to Oklahoma Tornado Victims Soar
In the wake of the tornado last Monday that ravaged Cleveland County, Oklahoma, Americans on all levels have donated millions to charities like the American Red Cross, Save the Children and the Medical Reserve Corps. These contributions enable volunteers to bring in relief supplies, offer crisis counseling and basic medical services, and provide meetings to help with things like family reunification and recovery planning.
ISN, which made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Moore and the surrounding area, joins a long list of corporations that have made significant pledges including Devon Energy, Lowes, Chesapeake Energy and Target. The Salvation Army reported last week that it has raised more than $5 million in monetary donations, in addition to food donations from corporations. Musical artists such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher and Rascal Flatts participated in a benefit concert to raise funds for the United Way.
Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives issued a public statement of gratitude the week of the tornado to express appreciation for the first responders as well as the contributions that poured in from individuals and corporations across the country beginning Monday, the day of the storm.
“Every donation is appreciated, regardless of size,” said Representative Paul Wesselhoft. “The Salvation Army has reported that a donation as small as $10 can feed a victim for an entire day. With estimated damages in excess of $2 billion, every contribution is vital.”
Representative Jon Echols told CapitolBeatOK that donations for the Oklahoma tornado victims reached a record breaking nearly $70 million in the days immediately following the disaster, not including state or federal matching aid.
“The state of Oklahoma is loved by its own people, and [by] people throughout the country and world,” Representative Josh Cockroft said in comments to CapitolBeatOK. “With the generosity and help of those throughout the world reaching out, Cleveland County and other areas damaged by the tornado will be rebuilt to be even stronger than before.”
ISN has strong ties to the Sooner State. Not only are a significant number of our employees from Oklahoma or graduates of OU and OSU, but over 2,000 of our member contractors and suppliers reside in the state. Our thoughts and best wishes are with those affected by the recent tornados.
If you wish to donate to the tornado victims in Oklahoma, below is a list of just some of the organizations aiding relief efforts in the Oklahoma City area.