Show some love for Oklahoma, y’all.

Image Source: Emily Hart

Image Source: Emily Hart

Y’all may know that I grew up in Oklahoma. Born in Kansas but raised as an Oklahoman since the age of three, I bleed orange and red. Go Pokes and Boomer Sooner!  Usually, as an Oklahoman, you would pick one.  But not today.

Several of my family members and friends live in Norman, Noble, and Moore. Sisters, nieces, nephews, brother, sister-in-law, Sherli’s special man friend…it took a while to round them all up but they are all safe.  No physical wounds but they’re shaken and sad.  The devastation is like nothing they’ve ever seen.

And we’ve seen tornadoes do strange things.  A kitchen sink ripped from a house and found in a field, dishes still inside waiting to be washed.  A house with one wall left standing and on that wall, pictures hanging like nothing happened.  Houses ripped from their foundations all around a house that stands with no damage like the tornado was some bizarre life force that was calculating and had an agenda.

Oklahomans know about tornados. We know what to do. We know what the air smells like before a storm. We know how the sky changes. We know that there’s an eerie calm before every thing goes to hell. We know that the warning sirens mean business. But when an F5 tornado rips through your town, survival depends on luck as well as preparation. I’m sure most of y’all have seen the pictures of destruction – that bathtub you were supposed to be safe in, it’s gone.

This is what's left of Dan and Becky's house.  Dan's 95 year-old mom lived across the street.  Her house is gone.  They were all in their storm cellar while this was happening above them.<br />They're safe.

This is what’s left of Dan and Becky’s house. Dan’s 95 year-old mom lived across the street. Her house is gone.  They were all in their storm cellar while this was happening above them.  They’re safe.

So many stories from Shawnee and Moore are horrific and incredibly sad.  The destruction is unimaginable.  After something like this happens, people need help, lots of it.

If you’re in a position to do so, here are a few ways you can pitch in:

The Red Cross is on the ground and helping now. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund here.

Or, you can send a $10 donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

You can donate $10 to Salvation Army by texting STORM to 80888

or donate $10 to the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank by texting FOOD to 32333.

If you can, donate blood at a local hospital or blood bank.

NBC News (written by Suzanne Choney) put together an extensive list of organizations accepting donations, some are national organizations and others are Oklahoma grown.  This is a great list to help you find an organization to support.

If all you can do is send prayers or well wishes or crossed fingers or nice thoughts, bring ’em on.  The people of Oklahoma will happily take them and I thank you on their behalf.

Oklahomans are a group of proud, strong, and resilient people.  I’m proud to have my roots there.  I’m limited physically by how I can help but I’ll do what I can because that’s what you do when something like this happens.  Figure out how to help.  Even if in a small way.  Help.

 

Comments

  1. I’m glad your people are safe. *hugs*
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    • julieyoujest says:

      Me too! One sister’s phone battery was dead and when I see her, I’m gonna thump her head…after I hug her, of course.

      It’s really bad there. Pictures don’t do it justice. So very sad.

  2. As wonderful as nature is, she can also be a cruel mistress.
    Although I am not even remotely religious, I did shed a tear and say a prayer for all those devastated by the tornado. My heart goes out to all of them.
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    • julieyoujest says:

      She can be a total bitch.

      Thank you Lily. This kind of thing will bring the prayer out of a lot of people.

  3. Glad your loved ones are safe!!!!
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  4. The footage you can find of that storm it is incredible and frighting , I really would have pooped my pants if I would have been there.

    I am glad everyone is safe!
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  5. I am so glad that your family is safe. We rarely see tornadoes up here in Manitoba, but I do remember spending some time in my basement as a small child during a really bad storm. I think a tornado did touch down, but thankfully not near our home.
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  6. Wow Julie, It somehow seems more real when I read from you about your family and people you love. I am glad they are all safe.
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