I don’t have a recipe or craft (she says like those aren’t few and far between) today. Instead, I’m asking you to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma.
What happened in Moore on Monday is unimaginable for most people, but I know exactly what they’re going through. Because two years ago today, we went through the same thing here in Joplin, Missouri. I can tell you from firsthand experience that losing everything (or almost everything) is the worst feeling in the world. Literally all you want to do is go home, and that’s the only thing you can’t do.
The husband and I (along with countless others) watched in horror as everything unfolded Monday afternoon and were ready to do whatever we could to help. I had to remind the husband that he couldn’t single handedly “fix” what had happened, but there are several ways to help.
The easiest ways would be to text REDCROSS to 90999 or STORM to 80888 (Salvation Army) to make a $10 donation. If you’re not a fan of either organization, you can text CONVOY to 50555. That will donate $10 to Convoy of Hope, an organization out of Springfield, MO that was a huge help to us here in Joplin two years ago. And if you’re in the Joplin area, we have our second semi (you guys were awesome yesterday) collecting supplies to take to Moore in the Zimmer Radio parking lot. We’re taking donations until 6:00 this evening unless it fills up before then. A list of what we’re accepting is here. NBC also put together a list of several organizations you can donate to here.
And if you’re organizing a supply drive in your area, don’t be afraid to collect “trivial” things like hair dryers and cookware. I can’t tell you how stoked I was when someone gave me a flat iron two years ago. After a few days of pure chaos, it’s unbelievable to be able to do something that makes you feel human again.
I know a lot of us are still struggling with the economy, but seriously, every little bit helps. A dollar, two dollars, a tube of toothpaste – it will mean the world to the survivors in Moore.