Target: Victims of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma
Goal: Pledge support for Moore’s recovery efforts
The town of Moore, Oklahoma was recently destroyed by an EF-5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 miles per hour. The only positive news so far is that fewer deaths occurred than police originally thought. The toll was lowered from an estimated 90 as rescue workers found more and more individuals in the rubble. Sadly, several children have died, including seven from a local elementary school.
One reporter for NPR, working on-site in Moore, claimed to witness 80 to 90 cars piled on top of each other. Severe weather is expected to continue throughout the southeast for the rest of the season so unfortunately, this may not be the last storm for Moore’s survivors. Victims of the twister are reminded of a similar storm in May of 1999 that killed 46 and injured 800, costing $1.5 billion in damages.
President Obama sent out a prayer for the town and pledged federal support for its recovery. Sympathetic citizens from around the country may also help. There are several options for those wishing to provide both monetary and physical support for the Moore tornado’s victims. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also donate $10 to Operation USA by texting AID to 50555. Other organizations accepting both volunteers and donations include Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, and Operation Blessing International. Sign below to pledge your support for Oklahoma’s tornado victims.
Dear Residents of Moore,
The nation mourns with you as you begin your recovery efforts after the devastating tornado that destroyed your homes and your town. We regret the loss of your loved ones and the injuries some of you have sustained. Consider this letter a pledge of support, that we may assist you in your reconstruction and your path to healing in any way possible. Together, we will rebuild the town of Moore and help your community to thrive once again.
Those of us who can will volunteer our time at the shelters and non-profit organizations in Oklahoma and the town of Moore, or donate to groups like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
[Your Name Here]
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