By Britt Lake | Director of Programs, GlobalGiving
It has been with great sadness that all of us here at GlobalGiving have been following the news of the 1.3-mile wide tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, which damaged hundreds of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals and killed dozens with wind speeds up to 210 mph. Within several hours, GlobalGiving partner organizations were already on the ground working to help communities affected. Your donations to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund are supporting these organizations in this important work:
Save the Children is creating Child Friendly Spaces in shelters, creating safe play areas where kids can be kids again. They also will be deploying infant and toddler hygiene materials to support young children's well-being while they are displaced from their homes.
Do Your Part is supporting local organizations through information gathering and coordinating donations of clean water, food, medical supplies, hygiene products, and shelter to those that need it most.
Architecture for Humanity will work with local professionals and universities to rebuild community buildings, such as youth centers, public sports facilities and centers for the elderly.
Pitch in for Baseball is working with the Youth Baseball association in Moore, Oklahoma, which serves 1,400 kids, to provide new and gently used youth baseball uniforms and equipment to those kids and communities devastated by the tornado.
Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS) is delivering brand-new clothing, undergarments, shoes, blankets, sheets and towels, baby items, and furnishings to help the hardest hit families in Moore.
GlobalGiving In-the-Field team member Jenn Eason, a proud Moore, Oklahoma native, wanted us to pass along this personal note:
“I am so thankful for the money you have donated going towards the relief of my friends and family back home... and THEY are so thankful. I am amazed that after four days, GlobalGiving’s original goal was exceeded! It brings tears to my eyes!”
Thank you again for all of the support that you have already provided to these organizations. We will continue to update you in the coming weeks and months on how your donations are put to work to rebuild these communities.
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When a disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by people who live and work in affected communities are often overlooked and underfunded. GlobalGiving is changing this reality. Since 2004, we've been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.
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