Two things you probably already know before reading this post. One, is that I live in OKC. Two, is that the area has been hit by devastating tornados this week.
My husband was scheduled to leave town for work on Sunday, but due to the storms we spent the afternoon at home watching the weather, even spending a portion of the day in our storm shelter. Then tornados hit Edmond, Shawnee, and Luther. If I am missing others, please accept my apologies and add them to the comment section.
Then on Monday my husband left early, but I could tell he felt he should stay because more bad weather was expected. I assured him that we would be fine & I would keep him up to date through text/call. I let him know as soon as the tornado touched down in Newcastle & went through Moore. He headed back to OKC running into a hailstorm on his way. But luckily he made it back safely.
On Monday evening, as my teenage son & I sat in the comfort of our home watching on the news what had happened, we felt helpless. As soon as we heard that there was a local school taking water donations he left to drop off a truckload. It was the least that we could do originally.
We are originally from Texas & although we’ve seen the devastation that tornados can cause, it is different when it is so close to home. Not to mention when you have family/friends that are affected by the tornados.
I will never forget the moment my husband told me that they wanted him to consider a position here in OKC. My first comment was “there are tornados in OKC”. I really thought that was the end of the conversation. But now we consider this home. We love it here. Of course, the least favorite part of living here is the severe weather. But Oklahoman’s will rise above this.
Please continue to pray for those affected by the recent tornados. Some of the residents will be sifting through debris and salvage anything that is salvageable, while others will be burying loved ones, some of which are children. My heart breaks for all. I just can’t imagine.
Through the devastation it is wonderful to see the outpouring of love & support from people from all over. People donating time, money, items, whether they know anyone directly affected or not. The community has truly pulled together.
Whether you are local or not you can make a difference. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross.
American Red Cross
Visit redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.